"The momentum of the U-17 team shouldn't be lost on India". Maybe India would have been better playing the first game of the day.
Three teams will be making their Under-17 World Cup debut in this edition - India, Niger and New Caledonia. This tournament is taking place in six cities Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Kolkata, Kochi and Guwahati.
India's next opponents in the U-17 World Cup are Colombia.
Football minnows India stand on the cusp of history as the hosts are set to make their debut in a FIFA event against a formidable US in a Group A match of the U-17 World Cup, which begins here Friday.
India will play Colombia in their next group game on October 9, whereas US face Ghana on the same day.
"My players were shy at the beginning". India seems like they're playing just to defend the ball. Indian team was completely outclassed by the usa team. In the 24th minute, Aniket Jadhav earned a corner kick for India, but Sanjeev Stalin's delivery was met with a fury of American headers to clear away the ball. "We are looking to play a good game and the goals will come on their own", he said through a translator.
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The boys should treat each game as a story - goals scored and missed, penalties, red and yellow cards. "But, with some more experience, they can play better against teams with calibre", Matos said at the post-match press conference. "We're ready for that", he said.
The Indian coach though believes he has a final ace up his sleeve - the fact that he is playing with few expectations. The ball possession percentage may not mean much because United States scored thrice and missed as many times. They attacked well in the starting periods but couldn't find the back of the net.
20': No goals so far, but both the teams have showed some fighting effort. The only highlight for Indian team came in the 84th minute.
For 21 members of the Indian squad, it will be a small but significant step in their careers but for an expectant nation which has never fielded a team in a football World Cup, it will be a giant leap towards realising its dream of competing in the senior World Cup. We have two lines, very close and don't want to give space.
#5 Before the World Cup, they played draws against the likes of Mexico and Chile. It so much looked like Indian side struggled to play an organized and calm game in attack. India's spirits were crushed when USA scored their third on the counter right after the agonising miss. "We are going to have to beat them in the opening game and that is a hard challenge", Hackworth added.
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