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India Falls at the First Step, Humbled by US 3-0

India Falls at the First Step, Humbled by US 3-0

His little boy was particularly attracted to Thatal's golden hair; it nearly made him a fan and then confirmed as one, eight minutes into the second half.

India will next face Ghana on Monday while US will take on Colombia.

Chhetri, who has played Nehru Cups in front of packed galleries, is ready to cheer the younger ones.

If the African nation can, so can the Indians.

The India vs Colombia match will be played on Sunday evening. The Indian players played a relative offensive game in the second half compared to the first and had a few opportunities to score.

Spain striker Abel Ruiz, also present at the presser, opined that Vinicius Junior not playing for Brazil would be a big miss for their opponents on Saturday but that did not mean that they would take the game lightly. The moment had to be left behind to focus on the task ahead.

Indian coach Luis Norton de Matos tried to shrug off the first match blues saying, "The one thing that is important for us is that every game, we're going to learn".

Against USA, the team showed sparks on occasions, but the Portuguese would want his players go beyond that.

However, India's biggest chance of scoring against the Americans might well in a set-piece.

India would enjoy the home advantage and captain Amarjit Singh and his teammates have promised to be competitive at the showpiece event. Their No. 7 (Leandro Campaz) caught everyone's eyes.

Acosta was great off the benchIn the second half, John Hackworth brought on George Acosta in the midfield and the team followed better offensively.

Aniket Jadhav brushed aside the pressure factor and stated, "Pressure is always there when you play football". I believe, we can make it better.

Physically as well as technically, India lagged. Playing in their maiden Federation Internationale de Football Association tournament, rank outsiders India were outclassed by a side that was a few notches above the "Boys in Blue". Matos also has the option of playing Rahim Ali as a striker - Ali came on in the second half against US and was involved in a couple of good moves going forward. He also gave an idea of how they approached the United States of America game saying that the team was set up to defend in their own half and attack on the counter.

With the first match done and dusted, India now turn their attentions to Monday's contest against Colombia, with both sides looking to claim their first points in the group after the South Americans fell 1-0 to Ghana in their opening game. India seems like they're playing just to defend the ball. The first to land in India for the tournament, Colombia have acclimatised themselves with the conditions, though they started the tournament with a reverse.


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