India Falls at the First Step, Humbled by United States of America 3-0


India will become the fifth Asian country - after China, Japan, South Korea and UAE - to host the tournament which was started in 1985.

Former Black Stars midfielder, Laryea Kingston, has applauded the Black Starlets for their opening day victory against Colombia at the ongoing Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup being staged in India.

"I thought they (India) played really well". Once the U-17 World Cup concludes, India will turn its attention to winning the bid for the U-20 World Cup two years later.

"Yeah! it's our job to ensure that the players from different teams are united".

The Americans moved atop Group A and will prepare for Monday's match against Ghana, which opened with a 1-0 victory over Colombia earlier Friday.

India next face Colombia in an 8pm kickoff on October 9 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi. It was not just physical, though the visitors were definitely stronger, but it seemed at times that the Indian boys were lacking in basic skills. His distribution out of the back was important as the usa team took the game to India.

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It was one-way traffic with the USA players passing the ball patiently among themselves. The opposition's striker, Joshua Sargent didn't miss the opportunity to score. He also gave an idea of how they approached the US game saying that the team was set up to defend in their own half and attack on the counter.

A Local Organising Committee source said on the development: "We were informed by the Sports Ministry about the transference of about 26,000 tickets when the venue was shifted from Navi Mumbai to Delhi". They struggled to complete passes and ended up numerous times in giving away the ball to opponents.

The stands were not full, but a concerted effort from the government upped the count, many of them being students from Delhi/NCR (National Capital Region) schools.

The Indian team looked unprepared for the opening game.

"I believe, their speed can be cancelled out if we focus more on our positioning". Americans came back in their trademark style by attempting to make it three in the counter attack. The USA players dominated the game from the start and their performance outdid that of the Indians. 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.

For 21 members of the Indian squad, it will be a small but significant step in their careers but for an expectant nation which has never fielded a team in a football World Cup, it will be a giant leap towards realising its dream of competing in the senior World Cup. "We've learnt that at this level we will have to pay even for the smallest mistakes".

Outside the field of play, Matos will hope that a sizeable crowd will again turn up to cheer them on.