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Shoutout to the fantastic crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium who backed the Indian team till the final whistle.
Indian coach Luis Norton de Matos: It was a fantastic ambience today and the players enjoyed a lot. We conceded a penalty which we shouldn't have. The 2nd goal happened when our player gave the ball to the American. The third goal was unlucky. If Komal and Anwar Ali had scored, it would have been 2-1 and a different game altogether.
India end up on the losing side in their first FIFA U-17 World Cup match as goals from Josh Sargent, Chris Durkin and Andrew Carleton give USA a comfortable 3-0 victory. India had some chances to score their first FIFA World Cup goal but were unlucky in front of goal.
Meanwhile, at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, Paraguay and Mali have played out a thrilling 5-goal match with the South Americans winning 3-2 against Mali.
Full-time. India 0-3 USA.
So, India's first ever World Cup match ends in a 0-3 defeat. The scoreline was a fair reflection of the game; the host sparkled at times but never were they on an equal footing with the US. Yet, there are moments to take from this match if not positives. For a few seconds at different points, India seemed very close to its first goal. Matos' boys improved with time and perhaps this is what they can take home before the next encounter versus Colombia on Monday.
That really sums the gap up between the sides. Before this game, coach Luis Norton de Matos had spoken of India's profligacy. After Anwar Ali's shot hit the crossbar, the US hit on the break. George Acosta's ball over the Indian defence allowed Andrew Carleton to display the composure many associate with him. India could do with that. The hosts have not come closer to scoring all night but now it is the US who are one more goal away from India.
84` Goal. Carleton makes it 3-0 for USA.
Well, that was unlucky. India almost pull one back as Anwar Ali hits the bar after a corner. USA boot it up and Carleton latches on to the clearance. He rounds it past Dheeraj Singh and rolls the ball into the empty net. Talk about rubbing salt on the wound.
As we enter the final quarter of this match, fatigue is a real concern. The US look more affected by the warm conditions and there has been a clear downtick in their performance. India is still hoping to get that elusive goal but nobody except Aniket Jadhav seems to have the nous to create good situations.
70` India 0-2 USA
India make two changes as Aniket Jadhav wins a free-kick from a promising position. Nongdamba Naorem comes on for Ninthoinganba Meetei and Rahim Ali replaces Abhijit Sarkar. Komal hits it deep and Nongdamba creates some space with some clever footwork but the US defence manage to keep India at bay. India haven't given up yet.
Skipper Amarjit Singh Kiyam has kept a level head about himself, even when India has been swamped by pressure. As the match wears on, one sees him withdrawing to a position between the two central defenders. Coach Luis Norton de Matos had spoken of the need to compress space between defence and midfield. The captain is setting an example for others.
A hint of bad luck puts India two goals behind early in the second half. The 'keeper Dheeraj Singh may have had a chance to stop Chris Durkin's left-footed half volley but Anwar Ali's presence in front of him produced a deflection.
The mood was deflated in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium until Komal Thatal took advantage of confusion in the opposition defence. He needed to lob the onrushing 'keeper but the ball went over the net. India was so close to its first ever World Cup goal.
55` India 0-2 USA
Komal almost pulls one back from India! The lanky winger ghosts in behind Durkin and latches on to a long ball from midfield. Graces comes off his line and Komal looks to loop it into goal. Too much power from Komal and the ball sails over for a goal-kick. The decibel level has gone up a notch after that chance.
51` GOAL. USA double their lead.
India get us off in the second half and USA pick up from they left off in the first half. Dheeraj Singh saves twice in as many minutes. The USA get a corner and the burly centre-back Chris Durkin gets the goal via a deflection. A bit harsh for Dheeraj who has been pretty good for India in goal.
India finally show some attacking intent but the half-time whistle puts an end to the charge. There was not much to talk about from the host's point of view but Aniket Jadhav stood out for his work rate and desire to make things happen. He was, by far, India's best outfield player. As for the US, they will hope that the home side does not have a lot in the tank. The Americans will seek to snuff out the clamour early in the second half.
Half-time India 0-1 USA
India trail to a Josh Sargent penalty. The US have dominated India in this half but the Boys in Blue managed to create some chances in the final fifteen minutes. Komal Thatal has been India's best player on the pitch but he needs more support from his teammates.
The goal was followed by a lull phase but India is spending more time in the opposition half now. We have also had our first shot on target from the host as Aniket Jadhav cuts inside on his left foot. The result is a tame strike from about 20 yards, which is gladly collected by US 'keeper Justin Garces.
41` India 0-1 USA
India look more dangerous with Komal Thatal but the blonde-haired winger needs more support from his teammates if India have any chance of coming back into the match. India get their first shot on target after 41 minutes as Aniket Jadhav hits one from outside the box but the ball rolls kindly for Garces in goal.
Jitendra Singh has been a walking liability till now. Seconds after he wasted possession for the umpteenth time, the centre-back trips Josh Sargent in the box. The US skipper picks himself up and puts India behind.
30` GOAL! USA take the lead.
Josh Sargent wins a penalty after a clumsy foul from Jitendra Singh. Sargent, who is joining Bundesliga side Werder Bremen in January, steps up and sends Dheeraj the wrong way.
India's first corner arrives in the 25th minute but it comes to nothing. However, it is a short breather from the relentless pressure exerted by the Americans. Akinola and Weah have switched flanks now as John Hackworth aims to offer a different challenge to the host.
24` India 0-0 USA
Rare attacking foray by India as Aniket gets the ball along the left and he manages to fend the challenge fo Gloster. Sands comes across and blocks Aniket's cross out for a corner. The USA break from the corner but the attack breaks down after a foul from an Indian player.
Boisterous support for the home team at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium tonight. India need all the support that they can get.
17` India 0-0 USA
While India has been under the cosh from the very beginning, they are certainly showing a desire to fight and compete. However, it is worth pondering how long India can continue like this. The US has had nearly two-thirds of the ball in the first quarter of play. Their superiority is showing all over the pitch.
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10` India 0-0 USA
It is one-way traffic at the moment with the US players passing the ball patiently among themselves. They win a free-kick at the edge of the box but Sargent hits at straight at the wall. It is going to be a difficult 90 minutes for the Indian defence.
4` India 0-0 USA
The US almost take the lead. The Indian defence is caught napping but Josh Sargent can only hit it straight at keeper Dheeraj who did well to make himself big.
What do Shakira, the American rapper Pitbull, JLo and er... Babul Supriyo have in common?
Well, all of them have lent their vocal talents to a FIFA World Cup anthem.
Don't know what to think of it but wasn't the Mozart of Madras available?
A felicitation ceremony is holding the attention of the still unevenly filled Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Meanwhile, the lineups are out and the suggested formation for India is 3-3-3-1. Aniket Jadhav, as expected, leads the line and he is expected to be supported by Abhijit Sarkar, Komal Thatal and KP Rahul. The back three comprises of Jitendra Singh, Anwar Ali and Sanjeev Stalin.
For the US, the feared attacking trio of Josh Sargent, Tim Weah and Ayo Akinola start. In this 4-3-3 formation, another player worth keeping an eye on will be Andrew Carleton. The Atlanta United star views his game in the mould of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Here are the 21 players who will represent India for the first time in a FIFA World Cup!
As the team gear up to take the best in the word of football, here's a look at the 21-man squad that will represent India in the showpiece event
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived for India' s match against the USA and he is accompanied by Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, AIFF president Praful Patel and AFC President Shaikh Salman.
Here is how the Indian and the US teams line-up tonight:
India: Dheeraj (GK), Jitendra, Anwar, Sanjeev, Suresh, Ninthoinganba, Amarjit (C), Abhijit, Komal, Rahul, Aniket
USA XI: Garces (GK), Lindsey, Gloster, Sands, Durkin, Akinola, Ferri, Sargent (C), Weah, Carleton, Goslin
We are less than an hour away from India's first match in a FIFA World Cup and the Boys in Blue have a message from AIFF president Praful Patel.
If you take a look at the stats, both sides were equal in terms of chances created and attempts taken at goal. Colombia edged Ghana in possession but Ghana proved to be more clinical in front of goal.
Full time: Ghana beat Colombia 1-0
Ghana eventually post a comfortable win. Despite the narrow scoreline, they never really allowed Colombia to wrest control. Aminu Mohammad gave the Colombians a headache all evening while left-back Rashid Al Hassan was an able ally to Emmanuel Toku on the left-wing. Ghana have been tipped by some to win this group and on this evidence, there seems to be little reason to doubt that.
Santiago Barrero is off and Juan Vidal is on. Barrero himself came on as a sub midway through the second half and went down with cramps. The forward is in tears as he limps off the field. They have called in a stretcher for him which is not something you want to see on the football pitch. Meanwhile, Edmund Arko-Mensah replaces the impressive Emmanuel Toku for Ghana. Into added time now.
Colombia probably had their best chance of the night when Deiber Caicedo shot narrowly wide from a tight angle. Yadir Meneses has had a quiet evening but he put a delightful ball to set Caicedo through. The Colombians seem rejuvenated by that chance but another opportunity went waste when a hobbling Santiago Barrero could only poke the ball to the 'keeper from close range.
A beautiful through ball by Emmanuel Toku sets Eric Ayiah off on his bike and he gets to the ball ahead of the last man and is one-on-one with the keeper Kevin Mier. Mier does well to save and Colombia clear the ball. Meanwhile, Ghana make their first change as Isaac Gyamfi comes in place for Mohammed Iddriss for the final fifteen minutes.
Colombia manager Orlando Restrepo is getting itchy as his side is unable to make its superior possession count. To change fortunes, he brings Santiago Barrero on for striker Deyman Cortes. Barrero scored thrice in the South American championship earlier this year. However, it will be interesting to see whether Colombia lose steam on account of the weather as we get to the final quarter of the match.
67 minutes gone and Colombia bring on Santiago Barrero for Deyman Cortes and the Atletico Rionegro forward has 20 minutes or so to get his side back into the game.
The half-time change by Colombia has seen Yadir Meneses move to the number 10 position. Substitute Deiber Caicedo's on the left while Leandro Campaz is on the opposite wing now. Yet, Colombia have failed to make any inroads into the Ghanaian defence. Ghana seem to have the measure of their South American opponents for now.
The teams are out for the second half and Colombia have opted for a change in personnel. Deiber Caicedo comes in for Brayan Gomez in midfield. The Colombians start the second half on the front foot but Ghana almost double their lead through a break. A hopeful through ball down the left is chased down by Ibrahim who puts in a hopeful low cross only for it to be toe-poked on the wrong side of the post.
Ghana were so rampant in the 10-year phase between the 1991 and 1999 edition that they won the title twice (1991, 1995), besides finishing second two more times (1993, 1997).
The referee blows the whistle for half-time
Ghana finish the first half strongly and in lead. They have had only one shot more than Colombia but the Black Starlets have produced the better chances. Even after taking the lead, Ghana did not seem to lose their composure. Colombia have much to do. Their forward Deyman Cortes has cut an isolated figure.
Half-time at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium New Delhi and it is Ghana who have taken the lead in their Group A opener against Colombia. Both sides have had equal chances in the first half but it is the African side who have made the most of their chances. Captain Eric Ayiah and Sadiq Ibrahim have been tormenting the Colombian defence throughout the first half. Leandro Campaz had two clear-cut chances midway through the first-half but he couldn't find the back of the net. It is Colombia 0-1 Ghana.
GOAL! Ghana take the lead!
Ghana has threatened to hurt Colombia on the counter all half and finally, they break from their own half to make a chance count. Eric Ayiah keeps shifting to the left wing and it was his ball across the face of the goal from the flank which was swept home by Sadiq Ibrahim. The tactical swap midway through the half has brought rewards for Ghana.
Preview: The annals of sport are replete with tales of unfancied teams going on to perform miracles against higher rated opposition. The India U-17 football squad will be eager to script their own fairy tale when the FIFA U-17 World Cup gets rolling on Friday.
The bunch of 21 talented but nervous teenagers will script history by just stepping on the turf at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium for their campaign opener against the USA as they will be the first Indian team to take part in a FIFA tournament.
The U-17 World Cup, which will feature 24 teams, is the first FIFA event in any age group to be held in India. The teams, representing FIFA's six confederations, have been divided into six groups of four.
India have been placed in Group A alongside the US, South American giants Colombia and two-time winners Ghana. The Indian boys will face the Americans on October 6 before locking horns with Colombia and Ghana on 9 October and 12 October, respectively.
However, despite having virtually no chances of advancing to the knockout stages, the hosts are determined to put up a strong challenge.
India head coach Luís Norton de Matos has vowed that his wards will fight like lions. "Every game is winnable in football," he insists.
Matos also wants the young colts to enjoy every moment of the mega event.
They will, however, have their task cut out for them as the other teams in Group A are far ahead in term of footballing pedigree.
The uphill battle will start against the US on Friday evening.
Not known as a footballing nation, US nonetheless have a formidable team. They have participated in 15 of the 16 editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, having only missed out in 2013. Their best performance came at New Zealand 1999, where they came fourth.
US finished runners-up to Mexico at the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship in Panama in May, which was enough to book a spot at the U-17 World Cup.
Ghana, meanwhile, will try to recapture their past glory. They had emerged champions in 1991 and 1995 and reached the final on four out of five occasions in the 1990s. They also recorded a podium finish in New Zealand in 1999.
The West African nation will feature for the first time in the U-17 World Cup after an absence of 10 years, thanks to their runners-up spot finish in the CAF U-17 Africa Cup of Nations which concluded earlier this year.
For Colombia, this will be their sixth appearance at a FIFA U-17 World Cup and their first since the 2009 edition in Nigeria.
They had finished third in 2003 and 2009 which remains their best performance at the tournament.
Having qualified by virtue of their third-place finish at this year's South American U-17 Championship, Colombia will depend heavily on the attacking trio of Santiago Barrero, Juan Penaloza and Jaminton Campaz.
With inputs from IANS.
Published Date: Oct 06, 2017 04:47 pm | Updated Date: Oct 06, 2017 10:22 pm
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