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Donkin Suffers Blow In Intercontinental Cup Opener

4 June 2018

Palace youngster Will Donkin's Chinese Taipei saw their hopes of lifting the Intercontinental Cup endure a setback after they were beaten 5-0 by hosts India in their opening group game.

The tournament is being held to allow India to prepare for next year's Asian Cup, and they began it by putting Chinese Taipei to the sword, finding themselves 2-0 ahead at the break thanks to a brace from Sunil Chettri.

Having started the game, Donkin continued to be involved after the restart but was helpless to prevent Udanta Singh adding a third before skipper Chettri completed his hat-trick on 62 minutes, which saw the Eagles midfielder replaced by Chen Hung-wei.

Pronay Halder netted a fifth for India with 12 minutes to play to round off a convincing win, from which Gary White's side will have to bounce back if they are to try and reach the final by ending the group stage in one of the top two spots.

They face New Zealand on Tuesday night before finishing with a game against Kenya on Friday, with the final taking place on Sunday.

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