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AIFF XI held 1-1

Calcutta: Nijwm Muchahary’s awesome strike went in vain as PVF Vietnam rode Pham Trong Hoa’s superb free-kick to hold AIFF XI 1-1 in Saturday’s Asian Champions Trophy Group A tie, at the Barasat Stadium.

For most parts of the game, the home team held the upper hand with better all-round footballing skills. But a few errors here and there, especially towards close of play, denied them full points.

The visitors began on an aggressive note initially, but as the game progressed, AIFF XI gradually gained control and were eventually paid for their better performance when Nijwm unleashed a splendid volley from the edge of the box in the 39th minute.