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One of the major reason behind the growth of sports in India in recent times is due to the support shown by Union Minister and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Being a former athlete himself, Rathore has constantly spoke about the importance of sports, and has regularly praised various sports persons from different fields for their achievements.
And now, he was one of the first to heap praises on India U20 football team, who beat Argentina U20 team 2-1 in the ongoing COTIF Cup 2018. Rathore took to Twitter to laud the youngsters. His message read, "WELL DONE @IndianFootball U-20 team! As the nation slept, our champs made history by defeating Argentina 2-1 in @Cotif! This is a sure sign that India's sporting future is in very safe hands. #INDvARG #BackTheBlue"
The youngsters of Indian football created history in the ongoing COTIF Cup 2018, defeating the much stronger Argentina team. India's U20 football stunned the six-time World Champions Argentina U20, despite playing with 10 men for most of the second half.
Floyd Pinto's side made a dream start, taking the lead in the fourth minute. Deepak Tangri rose the highest from a corner by Ninthoiganba Meetei and gave India an unexpected lead. The defense was also doing their bit, making sure that Argentina could not equalize in the first period.
Right at a time when everything seemed right, India received a major setback. Aniket Jadhav was shown a straight red card in the 54th minute, meaning his side had to play more than half an hour with 10-men.
Argentina used this to their advantage, and bombarded India's penalty box with efforts. But against the run of play, India doubled the lead in the 68th minute. Anwar Ali struck a brilliant free kick, which hit the woodwork and crept inside the goalpost.
Staring at a shocking defeat, Argentina halved the scoreline in the 72nd minute. But India managed to hold on for the rest of the 20 minutes, and scripted a famous win over a much dominant side.