India go down to US in campaign opener

Oct 09, 2017, 00:35
India go down to US in campaign opener

Durkin, who debuted for D.C. United in the 2016 U.S. Open Cup, doubled the lead in the 51st with a left-footed volley from just past the penalty spot that deflected in off a defender after India failed to clear Blaine Ferri's corner kick. Josh Sargent found himself in a one-on-one situation but goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh made himself big and took the shot on the chest.

An undaunted Luis Norton de Matos promised no let-up in India's approach against Colombia in their Group A match here on Monday.

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.

"This is the first time our players were playing in front of a crowd of 40,000 and that too, against a Team of the quality of United States of America", he added.

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"The overall infrastructure of the country has been improved to be at par with worldwide standards, which will benefit Indian football immensely", Patel added.

The United States should have had its third in the 61 minute when Carleton hit a attractive pass down the right side for Ayo Akinola who had only to the keeper to beat but hit a very poor chip with his attempt.

Retaining a qualifying position is going to be a monumental task for the Indian U-17 team as they face fierce competition in their group. "But we are sure that we will beat Vuvuzela with our vocal cords this time", Neeraj Shandilya, who came from Dwarka along with his three friends, told IANS.

"They (India) are incredibly athletic and hard-working team". After hitting the post, the US collected the ball and sprung forward.

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Speaking to the media after Saturday's practice session, Wangjam made it clear that even though they were boxed in their own half for long parts of the first period during their opening game against usa, the idea wasn't to keep defending for the 90 minutes. The first goal was not a mistake of our team, it was the mistake of the referee. With better finishing, this game would have been over quickly. Though he was once guilty of wasting a chance in the second half when his lob was off target. 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. Post their semifinal finish in 2007, Ghana have not been at their best and have qualified only twice in their last seven attempts. But my job as a coach is to prepare this team well for the games ahead.

"Some of these players play in the first division in Colombia". We have a fast player like Aniket which is lucky for us.

According to India's tournament local organizing committee director Javier Ceppi, this will be the first time that India is hosting a Federation Internationale de Football Association tournament.

Things went to worse for the hosts as Andrew Carleton made it 3 goals to nil in favour of the US in the 84th minute. He should have had more but final passing and field vision was lacking to either spot him making unsafe runs or completing passes to him. "We are used to it now, and hopefully, the players will be more confident and prepared and more ready to give everything". Apart from a 5th minute save and a penalty kick, U.S. did not materialize much in attack, still, Sargent's goal meant that the Americans led 1-0 at half-time.

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Finally, the defense of this team was as shaky as advertised. They are also the most successful team in the age group with five Under 17 WC titles. This defensive approach was no match against the more attacking 4-3-3 formation of the USA.

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