FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India's loss to Colombia, absence of 'Samba flair' and other disappointments as picked by Firstpost writers
After a pulsating World Cup drew to a close after 22 days of action, Firstpost asked its writers to pick the biggest disappointment of 2017 edition. Here's who they picked:
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Paraguay finished as toppers in Group B, winning all the three matches, while Mali showed their credentials with impressive performances.
Paraguay are aware that USA, despite a loss to Colombia that must have dampened their spirit after a great start, will pose their biggest threat so far in the tournament.
Paraguay continued to shine and recorded their third win on the trot when they thrashed a struggling Turkey 3-1 in a Group B match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at Navi Mumbai on Thursday.
Catch live score and updates from Group B match between Turkey and Paraguay.
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Mali on Monday bounced back with a 3-0 victory over Turkey in their second Group B game at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
Having lost their lung opener 2-3 to Paraguay on 6 October, last edition's losing finalists Mali needed nothing less than a victory on Monday and they achieved it with elan by scoring once in the first half and twice in the second.
Catch the live scores and updates from the Group B match between Turkey and Mali.
Mali's defence is an area of concern and was widely exposed by Paraguay.
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New Zealand's 1-1 draw against much-fancied Turkey in lung-opener showed signs of the Kiwis' organised style rather than just physical football.
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Despite netting once, Kutucu said that he wanted to score more for his side. "If we could score one more, then it would have made more difference in the game," he said.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: 'Technical' Turkey have advantage over 'physical' New Zealand in lung-opener
Turkey's technical style is believed to have an edge over New Zealand's physical capabilities with the teams set to play the opening game of Group B in Navi Mumbai.
For Turkey, it will be for the first time they will be playing on the Indian soil.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Despite Mali teenagers' craze for Bollywood, football their only focus in Mumbai
With curbs on using social media during the tournament, it would be safe to say that Mali's U-17 teenagers have come to India with the metaphorical blinkers on.
Mali, who are placed in Group B, will start their campaign on 6 October, the first day of the World Cup, with a match against Paraguay