India failed to cause problems for opponents, says coach Matos

India failed to cause problems for opponents, says coach Matos

Neil Armstrong's words after landing on the moon in 1969 - "It's a small step for a man but a giant leap for mankind" - would contextually be ringing true when India U17 team take to the field at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru stadium on Friday, October 6th, against United States of America in their Federation Internationale de Football Association U17 World Cup opener.

India's Portuguese coach Luis Norton de Matos knows full well the impact this tournament will have on the development of Indian football. Anwar Ali's powerful shot came off the crossbar. From a Mexican wave of more than 45,000 pairs of hands to shouts of "India.India", the roar and the cheer at times were deafening, especially when the Indian boy with a blond mohawk - Komal Thatal - ran with the ball on the left flank. Striker Aniket Jadhav has the pace to burn aplenty and will be a key cog in India's counterattacks.

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The first half of the match, at the DY Patil Sports Stadium in Navi Mumbai, was played at a frantic pace with four goals in 22 minutes.

The deadlock was finally broken at the other end on the half-hour mark. The Indian defence was caught napping but Josh Sargent could only hit it straight at keeper Dheeraj who did well to make himself big.

The LOC said they will make adequate arrangement for providing water after more than 25000 schoolchildren suffered in the absence of water during the match.

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The American skipper sent Dheeraj the wrong way to put his team ahead. But India's inability to maintain possession for more than two passes in the opposition half seemed to embolden them. But India did not have defenders back to guard against a quick counterattack. "I know walking out of the tunnel I had a smile on my face", usa defender Chris Durkin said after scoring the second goal in the Americans' 3-0 victory Friday.

Komal, who had to beat the onrushing goalkeeper, lobbed it over the bar. The visitors created more chances in the second half, and could have scored a couple of more goals quite easily, but that did not matter as the scoreline remained 3-0 at full-time.

The Turks had the better of the first half, with Ahmed Kutucu's headed goal from a corner putting them 1-0 in front.

In the first game, the Indian side were bashed by the strong and robust USA U17s.

Colombia lost 0-1 against Ghana in the opening match of Group A and although the South Americans are also yet to open their account, the Indian colts are at the bottom courtesy their goal difference.

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