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India, Colombia kick-off die-or-die clash

India, Colombia kick-off die-or-die clash

"But, we proved today we can play at this level and I am proud of the commitment the players showed on the pitch", Matos told the post-match press conference.

A pulsating first half saw India come ever so close to breaking the deadlock.

Ghana would come to regret not taking their chances, as U.S. won all three points thanks to Akinola's goal on 75 minutes.

In the second-half, the morale of the Indian team suddenly looked down after giving away the opening goal. "It was a mistake of the referee".

Keeping India's defensive vulnerability in mind, the 63-year-old coach was asked what he thinks his side is lacking at the moment.

Had Abhijit Sarkar stayed calm and slotted the ball past goalkeeper Kevin Mier in the 16th minute instead of shooting at him, after ominously dancing his way inside the box, India could have even taken the lead. "It was due to the inexperience of the players", the coach said. We have to be on our toes all throughout and have to focus on the task at hand. We gave a tough fight.

"They are very strong, they can score two goals", the Indian gaffer went on with his take on the Colombian U-17 team.

"We will play to win".

India's plans were jolted four minutes in the second session when Penaloza was given space for the first time in the night to cut back inside to his left and direct the ball into the far corner.

Though India vs Colombia clash is going to be an important match, one should not ignore the other matches on Monday. But a momentary lapse, after a historic goal, meant they still returned empty-handed. The captain found himself through on goal in the 40th minute after beating an offside trap, nutmegged advancing United States goalkeeper Justin Carces but lost his footing with a gaping goal in sight.

India's striker Jeakson Thounaojam created hopes for the Indian flag to fly high in the 82nd minute of the game by scoring an equaliser against Colombia in India's second group match of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.


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