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Day 1, India lose 0-3 to USA

09 October 2017, 12:35 | Nina Perez

Spain won the European U-17 championship in Croatia and they are one of the favourites heading into the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India

Spain won the European U-17 championship in Croatia and they are one of the favourites heading into the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India

AIFF chief Praful Patel met with the team before their practice session at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and both he and Matos asked them to play without the weight of expectation. This tournament is taking place in six cities Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Kolkata, Kochi and Guwahati.

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. From Africa are Ghana, Guinea, Mali and Niger who reached the semi-finals of the 2017 CAF Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Gabon to take Africa's spots at India 2017.

Jitendra Singh ade a nervous start as he gave the ball away in his half consecutive moments.

While India struggled to piece together three-four passes while going forward, they created a handsome move at the fag end of the half. The US attack tried to find leakages in the Indian defense.

"It's important that the boys play without fear and it's an advantage that they know the Colombian players", signed off the coach, who rated Ghana and Colombia to be of the same level, albeit with different playing styles. So if we improve that. we had around 3-4 chances to score and we missed. One less goal conceded than against United States of America or even one scored? We have to make more passes to the striker.

The United States were tired of the likes of Komal Thatal and Ninthoinganba Meetei catching them on the counter and treaded carefully with their attacks in the early minutes.

The Indian coach though believes he has a final ace up his sleeve - the fact that he is playing with few expectations.

"It's a chance that most of us will nearly certainly never get and you have to forgive us for being jealous of you". Carlton beat the defence and cleverly put the ball in the back of the net. The only highlight for Indian team came in the 84th minute. "Nevertheless, hosting the world cup matches is a huge thing", said M. Subash Balan, a techie at Infopark and a hardcore football fan who was once a qualified referee. "If you are well organized then (the opponent's) speed doesn't matter - if we are in position, we can solve the problem of speed".

The Manipuri also rued about the second goal scored by the U.S. from a deflection. We didn't play great, but full credit to them.

MORE: Under-17 World Cup: How will US line-up against India?

In Group B, Paraguay and Mali played out a thriller this evening with the South Americans running out 3-2 winners after Alan Rodriguez converted the winning penalty in the second half. They looked pretty sharp side and can break out of the group by playing consistently.

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