DAMMAM : India secured a spot in the AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2023 football championship despite a 1-2 loss at the hands of hosts Saudi Arabia in their final qualification match at the Prince Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Stadium here Sunday night.
The Blue Colts got their qualification by virtue of being one of the six best second-placed teams across the 10 groups of the qualifying tournament.
Earlier in the competition, India had notched up a hat trick of wins against the Maldives (5-0), Kuwait (3-0) and Myanmar (4-1). India’s best chance of the half came in the 14th minute after Lalpekhlua found Korou Singh with a delightful cross from the left flank. The winger fired his shot on target but it was saved by the goalkeeper.