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Football News – AFC 3

A solitary goal by N P Pradeep saw India edge past Syria 1-0 and lift the ONGC Nehru Cup for the first time at the Ambedkar Stadium on 29 August. Bob Houghton’s charges took control of the first half and Pradeep gave hosts the lead in the 43fd minute. Sunil Chetri found captain Baichung Bhutia, who headed the ball down for an on-rushing Pradeep to fire past Syrian goalkeeper Mowssab Blahowss. Syria had to play the entire second half with ten men after WaeiAyan was sent off for kicking Surkumar Singh in first-half injury time.