"Enjoy the World Cup". One small step for India's U-17 team, one giant leap for Indian football, all that is over now. India are on the brink of qualifying for the 2019 continental tournament with a qualifier against Macau coming up next week. It took them half an hour time to break the Indian defensive line. "We are finding it hard to make the last pass", he said.
The India vs Colombia match will be played on Sunday evening.
"We didn't play great, to be fair". The team could manage only a few breaks into the U.S. half while United States of America team looked in full control of the match.
"We will try to give our hundred percent".
Two Matches between Colombia and Ghana at 5 p.m.and Hosts India and the U.S. at 8 p.m.will be played at Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
Mata, however, ended the game prematurely as he received a second yellow card for leading with an arm five minutes into second-half stoppage time.
"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". The game ended with a 0-3 win for the US. Underdog Indian side came out in the second-half to find an equalizer.
"We had a nervy start and the players were shy and could not play their game against ay afloat team of the quality of USA". Both the teams didn't meet before in any match and it is the first match they are playing. And, the hosts nearly opened their scoreline in the 83rd minute with Anwar Ali's kick bouncing off the goal post.
Outside the field of play, Matos will hope that a sizeable crowd will again turn up to cheer them on. "Nevertheless, hosting the world cup matches is a huge thing", said M. Subash Balan, a techie at Infopark and a hardcore football fan who was once a qualified referee.
India next face Colombia in an 8pm kickoff on October 9 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi. But the US needs to figure out how to play the ball into Sargent in the final third. With a little luck they could have retired with a 2-1 defeat from a decent outing, but there is no denying the fact they were mostly playing the catching up game. From Africa are Ghana, Guinea, Mali and Niger who reached the semi-finals of the 2017 CAF Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Gabon to take Africa's spots at India 2017. India's first priority on Friday will be to ensure their defensive organisation is ideal against a side which is very strong offensively.
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