FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India coach Luis Norton de Matos says team could have won Colombia match

India put up a valiant fight and also scored their first-ever goal in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in their 1-2 defeat against Colombia but on Monday coach Luis Norton de Matos said that his side could have won the match had the goalpost not denied them in the first session.

PTI October 09, 2017 23:45:35 IST
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India coach Luis Norton de Matos says team could have won Colombia match

New Delhi: India put up a valiant fight and also scored their first-ever goal in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in their 1-2 defeat against Colombia but on Monday coach Luis Norton de Matos said that his side could have won the match had the goalpost not denied them in the first session.

Rahul Kannoly's left-footed volley beat the Colombian goalkeeper but the goalpost came in the way and both sides went into the halftime goalless. de Matos rued that the outcome of the Group A match could have been different had India gone up 1-0 at the breather.

FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 India coach Luis Norton de Matos says team could have won Colombia match

India coach Luis Norton de Matos during the match against Colombia. Getty Images

"It is a pity that the ball hit the post and we did not score. Had we scored a goal, we would have been 1-0 up and the outcome of this match could have been different. I think I will sleep well today," de Matos said at the post-match press conference.

"In the first match against the USA also (in which India lost 0-3), the ball hit the post and on the counter, they (USA) scored. That match would have been 2-1 (in favour of USA) and in today's match, the result would have been different. We could have won or at least it would have been 2-2," he added.

The Portuguese tactician, who looked like a relieved man after India's performance, said that it was the inexperience of the Indian players that led to conceding the second goal of Colombia within minutes of India restoring parity.

"It (the goal of Colombia) happened within minutes of our goal (through Jeakson Singh). Had our players settled down for three-four minutes, the goal would not have been there. It was due to the inexperience of the players," the coach said.

Talking about the performance of his players, de Matos said, "We have shown that we can compete at this stage and can even give a team like Colombia a close fight. We have been preparing for all these months to prove that India can also play at this level. This team has a great future."

Asked what is the biggest strength of this team, he said, "We are very strong in our organisation. Our players have a lot of concentration even though the technical level may be different from the other teams."

"The only issue is on the offensive which is the most difficult aspect of football. We have to improve in this aspect of the transition from defence to being offensive.

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