Indians go down to 10-man Guyana

Guyana took the lead through Vurlon Mills, while Steven Dias equalised for India before the break. Guyana scored the winner after the breather through Walter Moore.

It was a hard-fought match with heavy downpour affecting the surface during the first half. However, it did not stop the two teams from displaying quality football which delighted the fans in the stadium.

Guyana, ranked 37 places above Armando Colaco’s boys in the FIFA charts, surged ahead in the 19th minute through striker Mills who headed home a cross when the Indian defence was caught napping.

Stung by the goal, India pushed hard and equalised when Dias curled in a free-kick in the 36th minute to leave both the teams tied 1-1 at the interval.

Guyana came out the better of the two sides in the second half, combining well in midfield and creating a flurry of chances to keep the Indian defence busy. Their efforts eventually bore fruit in the 63rd minute when left-back Walter Moore chipped one over Subrata Paul to make it 2-1.

India’s best chance came when Guyana were reduced to 10-men after Travis Henry was given marching orders for a rough tackle on Clifford Miranda.

Colaco’s request

Coach Colaco has made an unusual request to the All India Football Federation, seeking permission for him and a group of players from Dempo, of which he is the coach, to stay back for a day in London to watch the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal, adds IANS from London, a request acceded to by the AIFF.

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