India Falls at the First Step, Humbled by US 3-0

09 October, 2017, 00:49 | Author: Rita Burton
  • Spain won the European U-17 championship in Croatia and they are one of the favourites heading into the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India

In the country's maiden appearance in any World Cup game, India got a taste of the cut-throat world of global football as they were blanked 3-0 by United States of America in the tournament's opening night at a almost packed Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. "We (midfield) have to give them the ball".

As India made their first-ever appearance in FIFA World Cup, the teams like New Caledonia and Niger also made their FIFA World Cup debut.

The game started with the #USA kicking off the ball from the center of the field. Maybe India would have been better playing the first game of the day. We can say, it was a poor attacking display by the Indian side. Physically, they are far superior to the Indians and they are more experienced.

"I thought India played really well, I'm very impressed with the team".

Though we were disappointed to get eliminated at the group stage but we had a good group of players including legends like Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres. "We will play to win", Matos said. They won a free-kick at the edge of the box but Sargent hit straight at the wall, signaling that the match could be a hard 90 minutes for the Indian defence.

Midfielder Suresh Singh Wangjam insists the team would have to be more clinical while going forward and just defending through out the 90 minutes wont help them score points in the remaining two Group A encounters against Columbia and Ghana in the Fifa Under-17 World Cup. The Indian youngsters tried their best, logging thousands of air miles flying to Europe and the Americas for preparing for the big occasion.

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The result was on expected lines, and the Portuguese acknowledged US's superiority, and the Indians' lack of experience at this level. It is the first time they are playing in a tournament of such magnitude.

For India, Komal Thatal showed some artistry in the left flank but never really threatened U.S. defence.

A defensive mix-up gave Thotal a golden chance to open the account for India, but his chip shot flew over the U.S. goal.

"We need to rectify our mistakes and move on", he maintained. However, our players know very well what they are gonna do tomorrow.

"Winning and losing are part of football".

Shaikh Salman said hosting the Finals in India is a big gain for Asian football in general, and serves the AFC's Vision and Mission to make Asian football a leader in world football. But in this U-17 World Cup, the world governing body has put the restriction on it and people in the stadium missed that instrument. We realised at the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup that the gap between teams is minimal.

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