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08 Octubre 2017, 11:06 | Cornelio Vivanco

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Goalkeeper Moirangthem Dheeraj Singh was one of the top performers in India's 0-3 thrashing by the United States but he was a disappointed man following the loss in the campaign opener of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup here. Amarjit Singh & Co truly exceeded expectations with their performances on the field but the gap in quality was too much for them as U.S. registered a 3-0 victory in front of a packed Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

The opening game of the FIFA U-17 World Cup was a harsh reminder for the Indian football team. It will be the second match of the day and will be played at 8 pm IST.

Stalin made a good run forward to feed Komal, who then played the ball to Abhijit. Indian team was completely outclassed by the U.S. team. It took them half an hour time to break the Indian defensive line. Even Sunil Chhetri hasn't played a World Cup and told us that he would give 15 years of his career just to play in a World Cup. So if we improve that. we had around 3-4 chances to score and we missed. He scored the goal from the penalty spot to give the usa a 1-0 lead.

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 United States, the idea wasn't to keep defending for the 90 minutes.

The Sowetan website has it that experts say the scan can show whether a player has stopped growing, which usually happens after 17. They initiated their attacks mostly from the left side of the pitch. Indian coach himself looked frustrated by the Indian performance. "India played a more direct style [under former coach Nicolai Adam] and I tried to make them play with more of the ball".

Acosta was great off the benchIn the second half, John Hackworth brought on George Acosta in the midfield and the team followed better offensively. On the 83 minute, a corner by Komal was cleared by the U.S. defence to find a free Anwar at the edge of the box. "Now that they have the first experience [of a match], perhaps they start the next game more confidently because they know what to expect".

But, the team is suspect defensively, given that both centre-backs, James Sands and Chris Durkin, are playing out of position.

One such opportunity came in the 84 minute when India hit the crossbar with a shot. However, the hosts failed to convert it into a goal. More than the result though, Matos stressed on the fact that India had taken its first step to taking football to another level: "I'm very excited since Indians like football and go into the tournament with the confidence that we've worked very well and very hard. At half- time, it was very much possible to overturn the game", he stated. "I know walking out of the tunnel I had a smile on my face", US defender Chris Durkin said after scoring the second goal in the Americans' 3-0 victory Friday. The tag of the "dark horse" suits them well.



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