Visitors USA post first win over India

Kelvin Reese
October 9, 2017

One small step for India's U-17 team, one giant leap for Indian football, all that is over now.

Thotal made yet another run towards usa goal by taking Aniket along before the similar end result. But this level of performance will not get three points against Ghana on Monday or Colombia on Thursday. I remember back on those days there was no WhatsApp and as 16-17 year old kids we didn't really know how to email like the kids do now and doing phone calls back home would have been expensive. It was a fantastic moment.

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.

"At the end of the day, we must be proud of our will to win". "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 U.S.", he pronounced.

The defence has been a bit of a concern for Spain heading into the tournament and Denia admitted that there is always room for improvement in every section of their game. "Our execution wasn't good in the final third". So if we improve that. we had around 3-4 chances to score and we missed.

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"We have to be on our toes all throughout and have to focus on the task at hand".

He added: "We had two possibilities in the second half, one through Komal Thatal and second through Anwar Ali". But alas, we conceded a penalty.

The Indian team could make some impact only in the late second half probably when the USA team got exhausted. Arjun Menon, a city-based chartered accountant, said the world cup had a heft that will drive up excitement to new heights. They will be playing their next match against Colombia at the same venue.

India saw more of the ball in the second half, but failed to make much inroads even though that made the game balanced. Colombia of course have a more modest record, losing four and drawing four of the 13 matches they have played in 2017. They will put a lot of pressure on us. "We are all set for the Colombia game and we'll give it everything". Josh Sargent found himself in a one-on-one situation but goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh made himself big and took the shot on the chest. None of their predecessor senior teams had such luxury as they had to make do playing lowly club sides. Although the least preferred formation for India, the 5-3-2 could help India function better in defence and is compatible to create fast attacks, considering the players at the flanks.

"It's that our mistakes will not go unpunished".

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