India v U.S. post-match review

India v U.S. post-match review

When you are on the same flight as him, what else can one talk about if not football.

Amid the feeling of contentment in a few decked-up stands of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, coach Luis Norton de Matos expressed his displeasure following India's 0-3 loss to United States in their opening FIFA U-17 World Cup match in Delhi on Friday. In the country's maiden appearance in any World Cup game, India got a taste of the cut-throat world of worldwide football as they were blanked 3-0 by the US in the tournament's opening night at a almost packed stadium. Where did they lose the plot? The losing team get eliminated on bases of scores.

The world's football governing body has sent out a strong warning to the players and football associations that Magnetic Resonance Imaging equipment will be used in the tournament. India had their moments, twice, but failed on both occasions.

This is the beginning every host fears, being hammered in the opening match.

The Portuguese tactician stressed that his team lacks in competitive experience compared to their opponents.

He was absolutely right. But those were practice or friendly matches mostly.

"Of course there is this big problem of culture of not playing in such competitions". In a tournament, there are so many things at stake.

#6 In the six Federation Internationale de Football Association U17 World Cups that Colombia have featured, they have reached the knockout stages only thrice, coming in the fourth place on two occasions. Will this be helpful? "The world cup will add to the motivation levels of budding footballers in the city".

On the 29th minute, the Indian Left-back player tried to break a counterattack by the usa, but it went horribly wrong as he conceded a penalty by a physical challenge. The players were divided into groups of two and they were made to play short passes around a training dummy in order to improve their co-ordination on the field. "An offensive process takes more time to learn, but a good defence means more chances to get a result", he said.

Where did U.S. show their superiority? Graces came off his line and Komal looked to loop it into goal.

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 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.

"[The opening game] might have been a totally different platform because it was the first time playing in front of such huge crowds with the team, so the players might have been a little nervous in the beginning of the match", he said. Not only do they use their unique physiques. They have also lost their first game against Ghana. 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. Their No. 7 (Leandro Campaz) caught everyone's eyes.