The tournament opens with India vs United States of America match

Erica Murray
October 9, 2017

"We were not nervous about playing in the World Cup".

"We are giving up that privilege as we turn fans of the first ever Indian team to play a football World Cup." .

The Sikkim boy, who shares his hometown with India great Bhaichung Bhutia, shot to fame with his goal against Brazil in the BRICS tournament. "I think we can play much better", usa coach John Hackworth said.

Playing any FIFA Tournament for the first time, the young colts soaked the American pressure. Fans who sing for us, who back us through wins, draws and defeats, trophies and disappointment.

On the 29th minute, the Indian Left-back player tried to break a counterattack by the U.S., but it went horribly wrong as he conceded a penalty by a physical challenge.

"We will try to give our hundred percent".

Black Starlets coach Paa Kwesi is feeling buoyant in ahead of their opening match in the U-17 FIFA World Cup in India.

India will become the fifth Asian country - after China, Japan, South Korea and UAE - to host the tournament which was started in 1985. They attacked well in the starting periods but couldn't find the back of the net.

"If we're well organized their speed does not matter, because we will be in position to stop them. our strategy was to defend in our own half and go for the counter attack". To go along with their sore bodies, the brutal lesson they had received on their introduction to world level competition would also have been fresh on their minds, even as they prepared for their second match against Colombia on Monday.

45': Second half is underway. "Now that they have the first experience [of a match], perhaps they start the next game more confidently because they know what to expect". It is the first time they are playing in a tournament of such magnitude.

For those Indians who grew up in the 1990s, IM Vijayan remains the most talented and skillful footballer of his generation. Winning and losing are part and parcel of the game.

India gave a good account of itself against United States, conceding three goals and coming close to knocking in two.

India's persistence, or the lack of it, was evident from the third goal which came off a counterattack.

The hot weather in Kochi is expected to be testing for the players but Denia feels that they can not use it as an excuse when they take to the field.

The India vs Colombia FIFA U-17 World Cup match will be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. The US dominated the match throughout. It was one of the best atmosphere I have seen for U-17 World Cup and so everyone should be really proud. They are physical and need to win against to keep their qualification chances alive.

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