AIFF Media Team
NEW DELHI: Himalayan FC Kinnaur and Classic Football Academy clinched victories in their respective Hero U-17 Youth Cup matches to book their spots in the Semi-finals at the Deccan Arena, in Hyderabad, on Wednesday, January 25, 2023.
The remaining two Quarterfinals of the Hero U-17 Youth Cup are set to be played at the same venue on Thursday, January 26, as Sudeva Delhi FC take on Zinc Football Academy at 10 AM IST, while Chennaiyin FC take on Muthoot Football Academy at 3 PM IST; both the matches will be streamed live on the Indian Football YouTube channel.
Himalayan FC Kinnaur scale shootout heights
Gandhinagar FC 1 (4) (Aditya Pandya 47’)
Himalayan FC Kinnaur 1 (5) (Christian Lalthazuala 11’)
It was a tightly-contested match between Himalayan FC Kinnaur and Gandhinagar FC. The side from the Himalayan foothills managed to get the early lead through midfielder Christian Lalthazuala on the 11th minute. However, Aditya Pandya levelled the scores for Gandhinagar just two minutes after the restart.
Things were quite even between the two teams in the dreaded penalty-shootout as well, as the contest proceeded to sudden death, where Himalayan Kinnaur finally clinched the victory 5-4.
Classic drubbing for Punjab
Punjab State FA U17 Team 0
Classic FA 7 (Gogocha Chungkham 8’, 35’, 52’, Mutum Anish Singh 16’, 27’, Khullakpam Zahir Khan 40’, Punit Thangjam 72’)
In the second Quarter-final of the day, Classic Football Academy dished out a 7-0 drubbing to Punjab State FA U-17 Team at the Deccan Arena.
Midfielder Gogocha Chungkham netted a hat-trick, and captain Mutum Anish Singh scored a brace, while forward Khullakpam Zahir Khan and midfielder Punit Thangjam got a goal each to their name.