Test for hosts India, in more ways than one

Oct 09, 2017, 00:25
Test for hosts India, in more ways than one

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

There will be many spellbind displays to be seen with football heavyweights in Brazil, France, Germany participating in the World Cup.

Apart from a request for potential support from FIFA for a national centre of excellence, Patel will pitch India as a booming football nation to the FIFA Council, which, beyond the bid for the U-20 World Cup, also wants to land the Club World Cup and, on a continental level, the Asian Cup. It took them half an hour time to break the Indian defensive line. "We will play to win", Matos said.

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The US played remaining first-half finding another goal. "We (midfield) have to give them the ball". The FIFA U-17 World Cup final will be held in Kolkata at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium. The overall strategy that saw the side pack the defense in their own half for much of the contest was a sound one. And the next game against Colombia could well be an opportunity for them to show their resilience.

The first chance of the second half went to Sargent again, but Dheeraj made himself big by diving to his right and came up with a great save. India were pushed back in their own half most of the time in the face of incessant USA attack. Americans came back in their trademark style by attempting to make it three in the counter attack.

Entering into the game, the United States was the heavy favorite over India but host countries can be tricky at World Cups, particularly in opening games, as teams are typically full of emotion and pride. The routine participants of biggest football tournaments with the state-of-art training facilities- United States, Colombia, and Ghana are no match with Indian novices.

"All the games are different, we hope that tomorrow we can play with 12 players".

The tournament consists of four teams play against one another.

While the U.S. have been a four-time quarterfinalist and one-time semifinalist, Ghana are undoubtedly the most competitive side, with two crowns and four runners-up finishes.

Every attack by the Indian players went in vain as they were not able to find their players to complete the attacking passes.

The entire 17th edition of this tournament will be played in India across 6 venues - Navi Mumbai, Margao, Guwahati, New Delhi, Kochi and Kolkata.

"Winning and losing are part of football". But in this U-17 World Cup, the world governing body has put the restriction on it and people in the stadium missed that instrument.