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 United States of America taught them and the main area where India need to work if they are to overcome a daunting Colombian side on October 9. It was very important for us to score a goal during this phase of the game.
The game started with the #USA kicking off the ball from the center of the field. When they attacked, our backline did well in getting back and defending. "We are all set for the next game and we're raring to give it a shot", he said. "The team was not nervous but excited and we enjoyed the night", Suresh said, describing the moment.
"I believe, their speed can be cancelled out if we focus more on our positioning".
When asked about the presence of Barcelona and Real Madrid players in the same dressing room, the coach said it was their job to choose the best and hopes the players will give their best. We will play to win. Denia talked about their opponents in the first game, Brazil, and talked about how important the game will be in what he considers is the most hard group of the tournament.
Matos said they would fight to win against Colombia to progress in the tournament.
However his effort hit the woodwork and America launched a quick counter, carving the Indian defense open.
Playing any FIFA Tournament for the first time, the young colts soaked the American pressure.
Acosta was great off the benchIn the second half, John Hackworth brought on George Acosta in the midfield and the team followed better offensively. Unfortunately, their opponents US had other ideas and showed their qualities in a 3-0 victory over the Indians, despite great support for the home team throughout the game. India did create chances and impressed with the skills, once also coming agonisingly close to scoring their first-ever World Cup goal.
"However, we conceded the third goal right after the miss and it was a cruel punishment for us".
The US team nearly took the lead in the 4th minute.
Prior to the match, the Portuguese had called on the crowd to be India's "12th man" and an attendance of over 46,000 did not disappoint.
"The players are confident and know what is expected from them". The game ended with a 0-3 win for the US. "A warm welcome and best wishes to all teams taking part in the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup". They looked pretty sharp side and can break out of the group by playing consistently.