Kathmandu: India lost to Pakistan by a solitary goal in the opening match of the first-ever SAFF U-16 football championship at the Dharsath Stadium on Monday.

Mansoor Khan scored the winning goal for Pakistan in the 20th minute.

Trailing by a goal, India U-16 boys showed great temperament and character, and dictated the terms in the second half but failed to capitalise on the chances that came their way.

As many as six chances were squandered by the Indian strikers. Daniel's attempts were repeatedly clawed away by the rival goalkeeper, while Vanlalduatsanga hit the crossbar as India failed to start their campaign on a winning note in Group A.

"We conceded a very soft goal. The result could have been better had we utilised the chances that came our way," said India U-16 coach, Thomas Joseph.

India will take on Maldives in the second and the final group league match on August 5.