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:
For most footballing heavyweights like England, Brazil and Germany, the U-17 World Cup is just a platform to help expose their players to unfamiliar conditions and quality opposition at this level. Not winning the U1-7 World Cup is hardly a disaster.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Against misfiring USA, Rhian Brester showed England are fine without Jadon Sancho
USA will look back at the chances they wasted and realise they were undone by their own hands. But the scoreline did not deceive. England were deserved winners.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Rhian Brewster hat-trick leads England to first ever semi-final in tournament history
Brewster scored in the 11th, 14th and 90+6th minutes from a penalty while Morgan Gibbs White scored in 64th minute to hand England the convincing win.
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: England's quarter-final against USA a chance for both teams to prove a point
Both England and USA find themselves at unpleasant corners in the sport. Their U-17 teams are eager to get their hands on a tangible proof of their qualities: the World Cup.
Despite the return of Jadon Sancho for his commitments with Borussia Dortmund, England still have enough firepower to go further.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: England coach Steve Cooper expects an entertaining quarter-final against USA
England coach Steve Cooper said the confidence of his side was high as they have been unbeaten in this tournament.
On a balmy evening at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, the crowd was firmly behind the United States. The result? A hat-trick for Weah in a 5-0 thrashing of Paraguay.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: USA's Tim Weah says his team felt they were 'playing at home' due to crowd's support
USA's striker Tim Weah said that as they came out of the tunnel they heard the crowd chanting his name and 'USA, USA' and he told his teammates that they have come back home
Tim Weah scored thrice as the United States swept past Paraguay 5-0 to storm into the quarter-finals of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday.
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Paraguay finished as toppers in Group B, winning all the three matches, while Mali showed their credentials with impressive performances.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India failed to conjure up miracles in Group A; USA impressed with attacking effervescence
Teams with worse support and equally poor experience outdid India. It might be worth the time of Indian football administrators to learn from other participating nations.
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.
Germany take on Colombia in the first Round of 16 match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India may be out but hosting showpiece event is a shot in the arm for sport in country
Yes, India's U-17 failed to make an immediate impact in terms of results but when viewed in the larger perspective, they managed to achieve much more.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India's frailties exposed by physically-superior Ghana in dominant 4-0 win
Ghana towered above India, literally and metaphorically, and the 4-0 scoreline was a fair reflection of the proceedings.
Colombia produced their best game of the tournament as they beat USA 3-1 to qualify for the pre-quarterfinals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Thursday.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, USA vs Colombia, Football Match result: Colombia beat US, pip Americans to 2nd spot
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