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India failed to cause problems for opponents, says coach Matos

09 October 2017

India coach Luis Norton de Matos today said they are ready for a physically and technically superior Colombia and will "fight till the last minute" in their Group A match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Delhi on Monday. The U.S. team should have won the game by more as its finishing was off but the talent gap between the two countries was wide.

His family runs a tailoring shop back home and spotted the football prodigy in Komal when he was just a five-year-old toddler kicking everything he figured as a ball. "We will also have to compete against the crowd who would be cheering for the hosts", he said. His distribution out of the back was important as the usa team took the game to India.

Colombia were doing most of the attacking in the first half and had more possession. It was a moment to proud of for India as they heard their national anthem first time in a Federation Internationale de Football Association elite tournament.

It was one-way traffic with the U.S. players passing the ball patiently among themselves.

Having played against Colombia in Mexico City, Suresh said their other games would be tougher and that the South Americans would be more physical, and that the team would have to work harder to get a result, especially since their opponents too are yet to register a point. Now that boys have the first experience (of a match), hopefully, they will start against Colombia more confidently because they know what to expect.

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However his effort hit the woodwork and America launched a quick counter, carving the Indian defense open. It is the first time they are playing in a tournament of such magnitude.

After a first half in which India rarely got a feel of the ball, the host nation produced an improved performance in the second half.

India's persistence, or the lack of it, was evident from the third goal which came off a counterattack.

The US team nearly took the lead in the 4th minute.

Every attack by the Indian players went in vain as they were not able to find their players to complete the attacking passes.

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But in the 51 minute, DC United's Chris Durkin gave the United States a comfortable 2-0 lead when he took advantage of a bad touch on an attempted Indian clearance off a corner kick and unleashed a shot that took a deflection but beat Moirangthem regardless.

USA, who have played in 12 of the previous 13 editions of the U17 World Cup, started in their usual 4-3-3, with Josh Sargent, Tim Weah and Andrew Carleton lining up as the front three.

"USA played seven global games in the last two months as part of preparations".

How do I watch the match between India vs Colombia live? They looked pretty sharp side and can break out of the group by playing consistently.

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India failed to cause problems for opponents, says coach Matos