“When we went to Spain, our main aim was to gain more respect for Indian football the moment we came back to our land after winning the match. Now, a lot of people will notice Indian football,” one of the players told the news agency ANI.
Here is how the fans welcomed the Indian team:
Meet Tony !!! The guy from portugal.. He came here along with his Friend to Welcome @IndianFootball U20 as well Womens Team @BluePilgrims @Chitrology #BackTheBlue #InquilabEIndianFootball #IndianFootball #AsianDream pic.twitter.com/f5bcLcMAeH— Taposh Kumar Sharma (@TaposhSharma9) August 9, 2018
Some of Blue Pilgrims recieved @IndianFootball Women's team at the Delhi Airport, who returned home after participating in @Cotif cup. We will keep the support going. ðŸ™âš½ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡³ #ShePower #InquilabEIndianFootball pic.twitter.com/v0LqPIav9o— Blue Pilgrims (@BluePilgrims) August 9, 2018
Me with @aditi03chauhan welcoming @IndianFootball women team at IGI Airport Terminal 3@BluePilgrims @Chitrology#ShePower#BackTheBlue #airport #AsianDream #InquilabEIndianFootball #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/AeitTFitjN— Taposh Kumar Sharma (@TaposhSharma9) August 9, 2018
After receiving Indian Women's Team at 11:30 pm at Delhi Airport, our fans are battling against sleep to welcome our heroes "@IndianFootball U20 team" and it's already 4 AM! Respect! ðŸ™ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡³âš½ #InquilabEIndianFootball pic.twitter.com/lBAzoaAhE5— Blue Pilgrims (@BluePilgrims) August 9, 2018
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The Indian teams defeated Argentina 2-1in their last match of the COTIF Cup in Spain where Deepak Tangri opened the scoresheet for the Men in Blue before Aniket Jadhav was shown a red card in the second half. However, Anwar Ali’s strike in the second half put India 2-0 up against Argentina, who are considered the most successful team in the history of U-20 World Cup.
The Argentina U-20 team scored in the 72nd minute and smashed the crossbar in the additional time, but failed to break the resilient Indian team, who ended the tournament on a high.
The team is scheduled to visit Croatia for another tournament later in 2018.