The India U-20 Men’s National Team is all set to square off against Australia in the #AFCU20 Asian Cup Qualifiers today
Time: 7 PM IST
Venue: Ali Sabah Al-Salem Stadium
The India U-20 Men’s National Team will be looking to put the defeat against Iraq behind them as they take on Australia in their next match of the 2023 AFC U-20 Asian Cup Qualifiers.
India will next face Australia at the Ali Sabah Al-Salem Stadium in Kuwait City, with the match kicking off at 7pm IST, and streamed live on the Indian Football Team Facebook page.
“We saw Australia’s match against Kuwait last night, and they are of course a very good team. They are the favourites to top the group, and we will have to be at our best against them,” said head coach Shanmugam Venkatesh. “That being said, if we stick together as a team and put in the hard yards, we can come out with the result against them too.”
The first round of matches in Group H ended with a 4-2 victory for Iraq against India, while Australia defeated hosts Kuwait 4-1 in the second match of the night. These results put Australia and Iraq in the respective top two spots on the table, while India and Kuwait occupy third and fourth places, respectively.
“The boys put out a good performance in the match, and I was quite happy with the way they fought till the very end,” said Venkatesh. “With the kind of domestic preparation we had, they have done quite well, and they showed their character.
“Most of the goals that we conceded were in the first 10 minutes in the first half or the second half. If we could eliminate that initial lack of concentration, we can really do well,” he said. “But the main thing is they showed character and grit, and that’s what I always want to see on the pitch.”
“Yes, we did make a couple of mistakes that cost us on the pitch, but we will correct those and go again in the next game. It’s always a learning process – that’s football,” said Venkatesh.