Ready for Colombia, says Luis Norton De Matos

09 October, 2017, 00:49 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 trophy. Image courtesy Twitter

The class difference was there for all to see. He even counted the crowd in his playing team when the coach said that they wanted to play with the 12 players instead of 11.

The Indian team looked unprepared for the opening game.

According to the coach, the events back in Catalonia where an independence referendum has caused political controversy, will not affect the team in anyway and they will concentrate totally on football.

Coming from humble backgrounds, the boys knew what it takes to be tough and you can not fault their application. India seems like they're playing just to defend the ball.

A defensive mix-up gave Thotal a golden chance to open the account for India, but his chip shot flew over the U.S. goal.

The problem now is how the young men have taken the defeat.

Asked about the United States game and its side-effects on the team's preparations, Wangjam said the 3-0 scoreline was not good but it was part of the game and that the team had already put that loss behind them.

Shaikh Salman also wished Asia's representatives India, Iraq, Japan, DPR Korea and Islamic Republic of Iran the best, stressing that the most important goal of the Finals is to gain experience and build future generations. It was the spirit with which the Indians contested that earned them appreciation. Suresh's pass found Ninthoi on the flank who targeted the goal, but could only shoot at the American defence line.

As predicted by head coach Luis Norton de Matos, the U.S. were always on the offensive forcing the Indians to defend their citadel for the major part of the game.

"I am satisfied with the collective performance of the boys but definitely I am not happy with the result".

"Most of the time our goalkeeper and the defenders were well-organized but in 90 minutes there can be one or two mistakes". And so with the second goal which came off a deflection. "Somehow, the Under-17 World Cup matches did not initially capture my imagination and by the time it did, it was a tad late", he said.

"We didn't play great, to be fair". He is right it does not take long for the game to change at worldwide level.

Komal Thatal, the striker with a blond hairdo, caught the eyes with his runs down the left and dribbling skills.

Anwar Ali had the next opportunity but he couldn't connect with the header in the 64th minute.

There were good chances and saves made at both ends of the pitch during the first half, but it was not until the 39th minute that the West Africans made the decisive breakthrough.

This was the moment every Indian football fan was waiting for.

"Winning and losing are part of football".

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