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AIFF U18 team defeated Chonburi FC of Thailand 2-1 in their last home game of Asian Champions Trophy. A late goal by the Indian Captain Daniel Lalhlimpuia sealed the deal for the home team and an assured place in the Semi-Finals.

Indian U18 team came into the match after a disastrous AFC U18 Championship Qualifiers where they lost all their matches and failed to score a single goal and to make matters worse, they were up against a team that defeated them squarely in their last encounter. But the Indian Colts were determined to give their all in this match.

Indian Team started aggressively and opened their account in the 6th minute when Rakesh Oram tapped the ball in opposition's Goal. Two minutes later there was a chance to double the lead when Rakesh's pass found Lalramzuava on the right flank but the Thai Club's defence was quick enough to thwart any danger.

Indian Team kept most of the action in the mid field with defenders denying any chance to the opposition to equalize. Chonburi FC came very close to score in the 20th minute but Indian Custodian, Sayak Barai made a fantastic save to deny visitors the equalizer.

Blue Colts had another chance at doubling the lead in the 30th minute when a pass from Daniel found Milan who had only goal keeper to beat but failed to score. In the 37th minute, Ashique's through ball found Nishu Kumar on the left flank who took a shot at goal only to find the ball hitting the woodwork after being finger touched by Thai custodian.

Three minutes later, Milan shot the ball into the opposition's goal but the assistant referee raised the flag signalling offside, killing the euphoria of Indian players.

It seemed that Indian Colts would go in the Half Time with one goal lead but Chonburi FC scored in the dying moments of first half to level the score. The scored remained 1-1 when the referee blew the half time whistle.

Indian Team continued their aggressive game in the second half too and had another goal scoring opportunity when Daniel was able to out fox the opposition defence and enter their D to take a shot at goal only to be denied by the Thai Custodian who made a brilliant save. The ball ricocheted and found Ashique who took another shot at goal but Thai Custodian was quick enough to clear the ball again.

India's Coach Lee Johnson made the first substitution of the match and brought in Bidyananda in place of Milan Basumatary.

Indian Colts had another opportunity to break the deadlock in the 78th minute but Daniel's volley flew inches wide of the post. Five minutes later, Sajid's header following a Bidyananda corner went whisker over the goal.

Daniel found the breakthrough for India in the 89th minute when he skillfully slotted the ball home from a long ranger to give India the lead and eventually 3 points.

With this win India U18 climb to the top of Group A having 10 points in 5 games with 3 Wins, 1 Loss and 1 draw. They play thier next game against Frenz United A in an away game on October 22 and need only a point to make it to the 2nd round of the competition

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