New Delhi: The 55th edition of the Subroto Cup International Football Tournament saw the novelty of an electronic substitution board being used for the first time here on Sunday.
But there was neither a uniqueness nor any weakness in the Under-17 Brazilian side, Colegio Estadul Santo Antonio, which continued to dominate the show as it looked to be the team to beat.
In their group H match, the Santo Antonia squad thrashed NG Town High School from Sambalpur 15-1. No amount of praise is enough to describe the Brazilians' skill and clinical approach to the game, and credit must be given to the Odisha boys for the way they managed to score a goal in the first half when an opportunity came their way.
As usual, Colegio Estadul indulged in short and accurate one-touch passes. Deba Lakra struck a goal in the 21st minute for the Indian boys. Otherwise, the Brazilians were all over and the score line suggests their complete domination.
Conan Ronaldo inflicted the maximum wound on the Sambalpur boys with four strikes, followed by Alex and Alvaro Santos who scored three goals each. Then there were Diego Silva (2), Luan Bonges, Matheus De Oliveiro, and Rmulo Matheus who contributed a goal each.
There was no respite from the Rogunan Sports School for the Air Force School in group G match. But the Indonesian side kept the scoring to just three with Fadel Ali and Egy Maulana Vikiri striking a brace each. The AFS boys from New Delhi were no match for the Indonesians but somehow managed to keep their rivals from harming it big time.
In a group G match at NWC ground, Lok Smriti High School from the neighbouring Nepal defeated Tripura Sports School 5-1.