India go down to US in campaign opener

Posted October 09, 2017

That history-making epoch has passed. The FIFA U-17 World Cup final will be held in Kolkata at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium. Hackworth was surprised that the match was being touted as one between USA's attack and India's defence, and said that it would come down to a lot more: "They're one of the hardest working teams we've seen and faced a little over a year ago".

Colombia, however, have no problems when it comes to short passing and maintaining possession of the ball.

Stalin made a good run forward to feed Komal, who then played the ball to Abhijit.

30': Sergeant gives U.S. lead with a penalty goal. A press note issued by the Federation talks about how a win would help them "stay in contention for qualification for the next stage". De Matos' crowding out strategy failed to work.

Sadiq Ibrahim who netted the victor and goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim hogged spotlight against Colombia while the Ghanaian defence was also solid in that game. The team must execute the handsome things they learnt during training.

"Some of these players play in the first division in Colombia".

Playing any FIFA Tournament for the first time, the young colts soaked the American pressure.

But India continued to press and took advantage of some sloppy defending from the US team to come very close to scoring.

Thotal made yet another run towards U.S. goal by taking Aniket along before the similar end result. For now, at least. As a result, the defenders will be able to stop them from crossing freely and unless fatigue plays a part, they will also dominate most of the aerial duels. The Americans' results from the fag end of 2016 include a 4-0 win over Brazil and a 7-1 thrashing of Portugal.

In fact, football experts feel that India would be lucky if they win even one match in the tournament. While India lost 3-0 to United States, Colombia went down 1-0 to Ghana.

The wishes of Indian football officials and players came true as thousands of football lovers thronged the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here to witness the world's most popular sport. "It will be a different setting altogether with different tactics and technicalities. We know we have a small percentage of winning against the U.S. but you never know what will happen in a game of football". "So if we focus on that it'll be better". Josh Sargent will key for USA colts as the agile player will be bringing his experience in from the recently contested U-20 World Cup where he also grabbed competition's Silver Boot with four goals and an assist to his name. Mr Modi honored the country's great footballer P K Banerjee, veteran player I M Vijayan, former captain Baichung Bhutia and current captain Sunil Chhetri with shawl and souvenirs.