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India Falls at the First Step, Humbled by US 3-0

08 October 2017

The wait is finally over as India is all set to host the much-awaited and the biggest-ever global football tournament - FIFA Under-17 World Cup on its soil, scheduled to kick off from today.

The India vs Colombia FIFA U-17 World Cup match will be broadcast live on the SONY Network. Right-back Boris Singh will make a return from his suspension and it will certainly add more bite to India's wing play.

Both Matos and Kiyam know India are placed in a tough group alongside the experienced USA, Colombia and Ghana.

"We put in a big effort to get to the U-17 World Cup again". With the hosts playing against the United States in their FIFA Under-17 World Cup campaign opener, people gathered here to support India despite knowing the limited capabilities of the country's youngsters. Acosta can be streaky but he made a strong case as to why he should start in the No. 10 position when the games become a lot harder after today.

All the same all the Indians who turned up to witness the match and those watching on television must have had goosebumps when the national anthem was played before the kick-off. The players were divided into groups of two and they were made to play short passes around a training dummy in order to improve their co-ordination on the field.

In the last quarter of the match, U.S. was playing a possession football and waiting for a chance to counter attack as the Indian team tried all-out to reduce the gap. He told us he would give up his 15 year career for a chance to play in the World Cup. It was very important for us to score a goal during this phase of the game. The US looked a bit relaxed in the first half but soon changed gears and took advantage of Indian mistakes. They struggled to complete passes and ended up numerous times in giving away the ball to opponents. India did not get many chances to score as U.S. were in attacking mode throughout the match pushing the Indian team into their own half.

Sargent drew and converted a penalty kick just after the half-hour mark, while Durkin volleyed home the insurance strike six minutes into the second half off a corner kick that wasn't properly cleared. Underdog Indian side came out in the second-half to find an equalizer.

In the 84th minute Anwar Ali had the best chance of the night for India but his powerful shot came off the crossbar and as luck would have it Andrew Carleton scored on the counter to net their third of the night. "We started the game but slow".

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

Five minutes later, Komal Thatal was released onto goal but Thatal could only help the ball over the bar as India hunted to close down the deficit.

India Falls at the First Step, Humbled by US 3-0