In a significant blow, Pakistan suffered a major setback as they faced arch-rival India in the final match of the Junior Asia Cup 2023 in Salalah, Oman, following a series of consecutive victories. However, Pakistan was defeated by India with a scoreline of 2-1.
India’s Angad Bar Singh swiftly scored a goal in the 13th minute, giving his team an early lead. Just seven minutes later, Araijeet Singh Hundal added another goal, extending India’s advantage to two.
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Despite launching numerous attacks in the second half, Pakistan’s persistent efforts were thwarted by India’s resilient defense.
India emerged as the champions of the tournament, remaining undefeated throughout, while Pakistan’s only defeat occurred in the final clash.
Abdul Hannan Shahid of Pakistan was honored with the Player of the Tournament award, while Abdul Rahman emerged as the tournament’s top scorer.
This final encounter between the two teams echoes the 2015 tournament held in Malaysia, where India triumphed over Pakistan with an impressive scoreline of 6-2.
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