'India will play to win against Colombia'

As India brace for US challenge in U-17 WC opener today, coach Matos urges fans to be part of the team Head coach Luis Norton de Matos and captain Amarjit Singh both rallied Indian fans to support the team in creating history as the country gears up for its first ever FIFA World Cup appearance, starting with their opener against USA. They will be playing their next match against Colombia at the same venue.

The star of the match for India was the young midfielder from Sikkim - Komal Thatal.

According to him, the difference in experience between the two teams can be a decider but he also stressed that Indian colts are much confident now, having faced some star players in the US line-up.

India will play Colombia in their next group game on October 9, whereas United States of America face Ghana on the same day. "It will be there against Colombia as well, but this time we are not looking to give a tough fight, we are looking to win". Left winger Brayan Gomez had a couple of shots at the Ghana goal but could not test goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim properly. Americans came back in their trademark style by attempting to make it three in the counter attack. As a result, the defenders will be able to stop them from crossing freely and unless fatigue plays a part, they will also dominate most of the aerial duels. After hitting the post, the USA collected the ball and sprung forward.

We conceded a stupid goal in the first half.

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As good as Carleton was, Goslin was the player of the game.

The US team nearly took the lead in the 4th minute. With better finishing, this game would have been over quickly.

US headed into the break with a 1-0 lead and started the second half by putting pressure on the hosts straightaway.

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

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"I had told the team not to carry any baggage and not to play under any pressure". India bunkered hard from the start.

Meanwhile, Colombia went down to Ghana by a solitary goal in the Group A opener of the tournament. We hope we can play with 12 players tomorrow.

"It's big event for India to participate in a football world cup".

51': GOAL! USA's Chris Durkin has extended their lead to 2-0, hosts in trouble now. He should have had more but final passing and field vision was lacking to either spot him making risky runs or completing passes to him. "We don't under estimate our rivals but will play according to plan and strength" he said adding that the boys are well aware of the importance of the match.

Finally, the defense of this team was as shaky as advertised. "We're not just facing the team, but also the environment". 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. This defensive approach was no match against the more attacking 4-3-3 formation of the USA.

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