Defending champions Iran were hard pressed to draw the final of the Asian Youth Soccer Championships with India played on Tuesday (30 April) in Bangkok.
Defending champions Iran were hard pressed to draw the final of the Asian Youth Soccer Championships with India played on Tuesday (30 April) in Bangkok. The Iranians put all their effort into the first half of the game and had more opportunities to score.
Iran led one-nil at half time and the title seemed easily within their grasp for the second straight year. But India fought back in the second half to equalise soon after the break and then went to a two-one lead when the match went into extra time. But the Iranians kept at the task and with only seconds remaining captain Ghiazi headed the ball into the net to make the final score two-all.
It was decided to record India and Iran as joint holders of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Trophy for 1974.
SYNOPSIS: Iran, the defending champions kick off playing right to left at the start of the final of the Asian Youth Football Championship held in Bangkok on Tuesday. The Indians, playing in all white, were the underdogs, but they were to prove themselves more than capable of holding the Iranian forwards. Iran won the Championship last year and were favorites to retain it. In the first half their forwards put the Indian defence under great pressure. The champions had five clear cut shots at goal to India's one.
Iran's pressure paid off when a curving shot from the edge of the box went into the net. Hasan Rowshan was the scorer. His thirty yard kick was true championship goal scoring.
But the Indians seemed undaunted by the setback and equalised in the fifty-first minute. Latifuddin was the scorer. Fortunes see-sawed until full time and with the score at one-all, extra time was played. India seemed to have the trophy in their grasp when Shabbir Ali scored in the ninety-first minute. But Iran scored again with only seconds remaining to make the score two-all. India continued to attack as time ran out, but Iran's defence held them. It was decided to let the result stand and India and Iran shared the Tunku Abdul Rahman Trophy for 1974.