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Football: India returns empty-handed from UK

Press Trust of India

Posted: Aug 04, 2001 at 1835 hrs IST

India wrapped-up their tour to England without tasting a single victory when they lost 0-2 to Wallsall Football Club, a first division English outfit at Bescot Stadium in Walsall in their fourth and last match on Friday night.

Led by their star player Baiching Bhutia, India put up a fairly good peformance and held the English side for a goalless first half, with goalkeeper Virender Singh bringing off a couple of good saves.

But the visitors finally succumbed to the pressure of Walllsall who scored twice in the last 10 minutes of the match to seal their fate.

Dashing forward Jorge Leitao broke the ice in the 84th minute which was followed up with another goal by forward Darren Byfield six minutes later.

With this, India have lost three of their four matches in the tour. They lost 0-3 to Brentford Football Club and 0-2 to former European Cup champions Nottingham Forest Club.

They succeeded in holding Leyton Orient, Third Divison English football club to a 1-1 draw in their previous match.

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