Pakistan takes series with a 2-0 win against host India

Karachi: After conceding a 1-0 defeat in the first match of the U-23 two-match friendly series, Pakistan bounced back in the second match and recorded a convincing 2-0 win against archrival India in Bangalore on Wednesday.

Captain Kaleemullah put Pakistan 1-0 up in the 37th minute after he scored from a free-kick just outside the box into the top corner.

Encouraged by the 1-0 lead, Pakistan continued to press forward but India matched their efforts for most of the remaining minutes, as the two sides headed to the half-time break.

After battling almost throughout the second half for supremacy, Saddam Hussain sealed the victory for Pakistan scoring in the 89th minute making it 2-0.

Pakistan has won the series on better goal average. Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) President Faisal Saleh Hayat congratulated the team and the nation and also announced a cash reward of Rs. Five million for the team for their outstanding performance.

Pakistan team will leave for Bahrain from India on Thursday, August 21 to play three friendly matches with top A level clubs and Olympic team of Bahrain on August 25, 27 and 29 and would return back home on August 31.

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