Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Colombia test for India in U-17 World Cup

Colombia test for India in U-17 World Cup

Your assessment of India's other two opponents in the group - Colombia and Ghana?

But, Friday is all about the fact that an Indian team is playing the World Cup for the first time ever. "We conceded a stupid goal in the first half", De Matos said during the post-match press conference on Friday.

Playing any FIFA Tournament for the first time, the young colts soaked the American pressure. We hope we can play with 12 players tomorrow. "We (midfield) have to give them the ball".

MORE: Under-17 World Cup: How will U.S. line-up against India? The visitors created more chances in the second half, and could have scored a couple of more goals quite easily, but that did not matter as the scoreline remained 3-0 at full-time.

So it was very hard to stay in touch with our families and while we were leaving for the tournament they were anxious.

"If we're well organized their speed does not matter, because we will be in position to stop them. our strategy was to defend in our own half and go for the counter attack".

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Indian football's date with destiny didn't have a fairytale ending, but it still gladdened fans who had come not expecting a win but an unlikely draw or a heartwarming effort.

According to the coach, the events back in Catalonia where an independence referendum has caused political controversy, will not affect the team in anyway and they will concentrate totally on football. "So we weren't nervous, we were excited to play our game. everyone told us the stadium would be nearly full and we should mentally prepare for the was just as good as I expected". The game ended with a 0-3 win for the US. IN the first 20 minutes, both the teams got off to a slow starting, with some of the U.S. players aiming for a shot on target, but failing. And, the hosts nearly opened their scoreline in the 83rd minute with Anwar Ali's kick bouncing off the goal post.

The game was heading towards the end, but an attack by the usa successfully completed when Andrew Carleton scored the third goal in the 84th minute.

The entire 17th edition of this tournament will be played in India across 6 venues - Navi Mumbai, Margao, Guwahati, New Delhi, Kochi and Kolkata.

India looked more unsafe with Komal Thatal but the blonde-haired winger needed more support from his teammates if India was to have any chance of coming back into the match. It was one of the best atmosphere I have seen for U-17 World Cup and so everyone should be really proud.

The United States should have had its third in the 61 minute when Carleton hit a handsome pass down the right side for Ayo Akinola who had only to the keeper to beat but hit a very poor chip with his attempt.

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