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Dublin: 8°C Friday 23 October 2020
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20,000 fans in attendance as Shamrock Rovers lose opening game on Indian tour

The Hoops lose their Nagjee Cup opener in stifling conditions.

There were water breaks throughout the game.
There were water breaks throughout the game.
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A GOAL IN each half saw Shamrock Rovers suffer defeat in their opening Nagjee International Tournament game as Ukrainian side Dnipro prevailed in the Indian heat.

Both teams needed water breaks to deal with the humidity in Calicut, and unfortunately for Rovers, Dnipro adjusted quicker to the conditions.

Simon Madden denied Vladislav Kochergin in the early stages, but  the Ukraine U19 international continued to threaten, and opened the scoring with a deflected effort after half an hour.

Shamrock Rovers had a number of chances to level from corners, but the SSE Airtricity League side could not convert their set pieces, leaving Dnipro ahead at the break.

Pat Fenlon’s men tired as the game wore on, and a team move from the Ukrainians saw them fall further behind with Vitaliy Kireyev doubling the lead from close range.

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