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India beat Dubai club Al Nasr 2-1


New Delhi : N.P. Pradip and Manjit Singh scored a goal apiece to give India a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Al Nasr football club in Dubai, according to information reaching here.

Mohammed Khamees gave the hosts the lead 123 minutes into the game but Pradeep bought the Indians back on level terms seven minutes before the break.

Egged on by more than a thousand strong expatriate crowd, Manjit struck the winner in the 58th minute.

The game left Indian coach Bob Houghton with some injury worries as central midfielder Climax Lawrence, deep defender Mahesh Gawli and goalkeeper Sandi Nandy all limped off the field.

Houghton gave a run to his entire squad, including all three goalkeepers, during the match, the only one scheduled before they travel to Beirut.

The Indian football team is on a 10-day training stint in Dubai in preparation for its 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Lebanon Oct 8.