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Hosts ready to move forward after opening defeat

09 October, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Carla Brady
  • An Indian laborer works at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium one of the venues for the FIFA U-17 World Cup football in Gauhati India Wednesday Oct. 4 2017

After a training session, which mainly consisted of recovery and offensive drills, India's ace U-17 midfielder Suresh Singh spoke about the surreal feeling of playing the FIFA World Cup, the lessons that their opening defeat against US taught them and the main area where India need to work if they are to overcome a daunting Colombian side on October 9. Amarjit Singh & Co truly exceeded expectations with their performances on the field but the gap in quality was too much for them as US registered a 3-0 victory in front of a packed Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

Not just their flashy hairstyles, but the boys' effort during the momentous occasion drew praise from the crowd. For India, Komal Thatal and Aniket Jadhav impressed while Dheeraj Singh, in the Indian goal, did brilliantly for the hosts, or else India could have conceded even more goals.

Josh Sargent scored one goal today on a penalty he created.

"It's a chance that most of us will nearly certainly never get and you have to forgive us for being jealous of you".

But the 51st minute saw Chris Durkin doubling U.S. lead with a deflected-strike.

Missing scoring opportunities let the team down. "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. Apart from a 5th minute save and a penalty kick, US did not materialize much in attack, still, Sargent's goal meant that the Americans led 1-0 at half-time. "We then made adjustments at half time, which gave us more space to play", Hackworth said.

"Our intention was to keep it goalless till half time". It was very important for us to score a goal during this phase of the game.

India did get a chance in the 83rd minute when Anwar Ali's shot hit the woodwork, but that was a feeble try. We are not going to give you wisdom about dealing with pressure or taking none of it.

India's number 6 was all praise for the defence a day after U.S. coach John Hackworth had commended India on their defensive organisation, "Our defence and goalkeeper were very well organised". The disappointment was clear on their faces as the players exited the stadium after the match and although the footballers completely ignored the media waiting for them in the mixed zone, their sombre mood and stooped shoulders spoke a thousand words. United homegrown defender-midfielder from the Richmond area, scored early in the second half Friday as the United States thumped India, 3-0, at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in New Delhi. We have worked hard. "It will be a tough game for us", he said.

"Those matches were played two decades back".

Sargent made the most of it and the referee pointed to the spot.


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