India’s under-20 side pulled off a famous upset on Sunday night, beating six-time champions Argentina 2-1 in the COTIF Cup 2018 in Spain.
The win is some coup for Floyd Pinto’s charges given his men had failed to register victory in either of their three previous games in the tournament.
But goals from Deepak Tangri and Anwar Ali helped them overcome the record six-time under-20 World Cup champions, who are managed by former Deportivo La Coruna, Lazio and West Ham wing-back Lionel Scaloni.
India had to play 40 minutes in the second-half with 10-men after Aniket Jadhav’s sending-off in the 50th minute.
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Former England captain Terry Butcher as stepped down as the Philippines’ head coach just five months before the Asian Cup in the UAE.
The 59-year-old leaves his post without taking charge of a single match after appointed on June 14. He admitted the project was something he could not make work.
“The vital issue for myself was to carefully build a robust plan to meet the football ambitions of the national team,” he said in a statement to Press Association.
“Regretfully, I’ve not been able to make this work in the way that I intended and I’ve decided not to continue in this role,” he added.
Team manager Dan Palami admitted it was ‘unfortunate’ that Butcher had difficulties adapting to the challenge.
“We understand and respect Mr. Terry Butcher’s decision not to continue with his role as national team coach of the Philippines,” Palami said in a statement.
“It is unfortunate, however, that Mr Butcher had expressed difficulty in executing his plans for the national team program,” he added.
Butcher’s assistant Scott Cooper will take charge of the team with the next major test in November’s AFF Suzuki Cup, the Southeast Asian championship, before January’s Asian Cup, where the Philippines are grouped with China, South Korea and Kyrgyzstan.
The midfielder agreed to join the Bavarians in January and officially moved from Schalke in the summer after his contract expired.
Goretzka was heavily linked with a move to the Nou Camp but is happy to have stayed in Germany.
“That was an honour, of course,” he said when asked about Barca’s interest. “I had several options and took a lot of time for my decision and believe that I have made the best choice with Bayern.
“I see myself as a No.8, but I’m flexible. I’m ready to play in different positions.
“I have a very positive impression of [head coach Niko] Kovac. Everything else will come over the next few days.”