'India must not get overawed by their opponents reputation'

  • 'India must not get overawed by their opponents reputation'

'India must not get overawed by their opponents reputation'

Those moments didn't end in leaps of joy but definitely put a smile on the face of fans who walked back home from the Jawaharlal Nehru (JLN) Stadium after India's U-17 team lost 0-3 defeat against the United States of America in the country's first ever FIFA World Cup match. He scored the goal from the penalty spot to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead.

The India vs Colombia FIFA U-17 World Cup match will be broadcast live on the SONY Network.

The game started with the #USA kicking off the ball from the center of the field. They hustled and bustled their way to India with a last-ditch victory over continental rival Paraguay, but they will still be a handful for the Indians. "What matters is how well we recover and learn from our losses and continue to move forward", said striker Komal Thatal.

The US attacking trio of Sargent, Tim Weah and Ayo Akinola kept the Indian defence on tenterhooks. I'm proud of my heritage and it would be great to see India do well in the tournament.

Indian boys played their hearts out as they managed to hold usa for first 30 minutes. The Indian youngsters tried their best, logging thousands of air miles flying to Europe and the Americas for preparing for the big occasion.

"We had a nervy start and the players were shy and could not play their game against ay afloat team of the quality of USA".

Playing any FIFA Tournament for the first time, the young colts soaked the American pressure. However what could have been 2-1 soon turned 3-0 as the USA took advantage. "We have not met him for a long time", India captain Amarjit Singh's elder brother, Umakanta, told.

The 16-year old refused to comment when asked if competitive experience was lacking in the squad but did talk about the fact that the World Cup is played at a high level where all mistakes were likely to be punished, "At this level, when you make a small mistake, they punished us". "Somehow, the Under-17 World Cup matches did not initially capture my imagination and by the time it did, it was a tad late", he said.

But with Jeakson Singh anchoring the midfield and Anwar Ali leading the defence, India will be looking to ensure they do not concede any goals early on at least. With that goal, Sargent gave the USA team a 1-0 lead and has now scored in both the U-20 and U-17 World Cups in the same year.

"Winning and losing are part of football".

That said, the trouncing handed by the US will help the Indian coach to retool his tactics, the squad and to swap the positions. They looked pretty sharp side and can break out of the group by playing consistently.