India Falls at the First Step, Humbled by U.S. 3-0

India Falls at the First Step, Humbled by U.S. 3-0

India is focusing on the curtain raiser and navigating daunting matches against Colombia and Ghana, but Patel is running his own parallel agenda.

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has extended his best wishes to the Indian team ahead of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup that begins on Friday. The feat of playing in India's first-ever Federation Internationale de Football Association tournament should spur them to give more than a 100% on the field. They've to win also against us to stay alive in the World Cup.

"We will be working as hard as possible with all facility owners to ensure that drinking water is readily available for all spectators from here on", it added.

"We are all set for the Colombia game and we'll give our everything". The seasoned football official and politician, who runs for the Nationalist Congress Party, has been invited by the FIFA Council to join its session at the end of the month in Kolkata as the U-17 World Cup culminates with the final at the Salt Lake Stadium.

India did start on a bright note and could have gone 1-0 up but Komal Thatal's chip from close went over the bar. When they attacked, our backline did well in getting back and defending. India were pushed back in their own half most of the time in the face of incessant U.S. attack.

In the 84th minute Anwar Ali had the best chance of the night for India but his powerful shot came off the crossbar and as luck would have it Andrew Carleton scored on the counter to net their third of the night. "Now that they have the first experience [of a match], perhaps they start the next game more confidently because they know what to expect". IN the first 20 minutes, both the teams got off to a slow starting, with some of the US players aiming for a shot on target, but failing. In stead of getting disheartened by 2-0 deficit, India went all out in the remaining time pushing their much superior opponents in every department of the game. The 63-year-old openly spoke about his tactical approach, saying that he believes in making sure his side is defensively strong and well organised with holding two solid lines of four when the opposition has the ball. the ball. "The players know what they will be facing tomorrow against the US", said the coach.

KOCHI: Even the most hardened football fans could not have imagined India playing in a world cup and Kochi playing host to global matches.

Now to fault defender Jitendra Singh for the foul to concede a penalty and the resultant goal is easy, but then one could see an element of gamesmanship by the United States captain making it look abit dramatic, though it did not look all that apparent. They still have more matches to play in the group and can prove themselves a dark horse.

When asked about the environment to an elder couple - Dhrub Mitra and Laxmi Mitra, they said: "We are here to support India". The contingent was welcomed by a raucous crowd on Friday evening and the Colombia match has seen the online quote of tickets sold out - and the taste of football in front of so many fans has left the team not nervous, but is rather helping them enjoy the sport.

"Winning and losing are part of football". India's first priority on Friday will be to ensure their defensive organisation is ideal against a side which is very strong offensively.