India failed to capitalise on the numerical superiority in the second half as they lost 0-1 to 10-man Russia in their opening match of the BRICS U-17 football tournament at GMC Stadium on Wednesday.
The all-important goal for Russia was scored by Lopatin Daniil in the 4th minute. The Indians made an all out attempt in search of the equaliser but the rival defence and keeper did well to deny the hosts the equaliser.
Russia, who used their superior height to their advantage, used the long ball to unnerve the Indian defence and succeeded in taking an early lead in the 4th minute through Lopatin Daniil.
The early goal gave them the advantage as they had better ball possession in first half. The Indians did put pressure on the visitors occasionally but could not breach the rival defence who thwarted their moves.
Russia were reduced to ten men four minutes after resumption after Unimov Nail received a red card from referee for a dangerous foul on substitute Aniket and the home team built up pressure and tried to make inroads.
But their moves were foiled by the Russian defence, with substitute Aman Chetri coming close to scoring midway in the second half when his left footer missed the target narrowly.
The home team enjoyed better ball possession in the second half, made desperate attempt to find the equaliser in the closing stage bur the Russian defence did well to keep their slate clean.