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It was India’s first moment to witness a FIFA tournament and on their home soil our young guns got a huge applause at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. Their opponent was USA and it of course created jittery moment for them.

India was a debutant and USA has experience of playing in the tournament. Visitors earned a 3-0 victory against the Blues, but it shouldn’t hurt our confidence. It was just a match in which we gain experience; there are still chances to qualify.

India joined the U-17 World Cup as a host nation, and they didn’t need to go through the qualification rounds. USA had no mercy for the home team and started dominating the game from the very first minute.

A Josh Sargent penalty in the 30th minute, Chris Durkin 51st minute strike and Andrew Carleton’s 84th minute counter-attacking goal summarized the match into a 3-0 victory for the visitors.

Indian U-17 goalkeeper Dhiraj Singh had a busy day today. He needed to make an early save within five minutes of the game and there were numerous occasions when he came handy. Only three cruel moments come when Dhiraj disappointed his teammates.

In 30th minute, he awarded Josh Sargent a penalty which in turn gave American 1-0 lead. India showed some resilience as well in first half and Komal Thatal impressed the crowd with his performances. Aniket Jadhav was another kid on the flanks who impressed with his movements.

In second half, India changed the gear. Suresh Singh and Ninthoinganba Meetei combined together to give jittery moments to the visitor, but it was USA who doubled their lead in 51st minute. Chris Durkins’ deflected shot left no chance for Dheeraj to stop the ball going into the net and USA lead 2-0.

Thatal had his moment for India, but he failed to keep the ball down and a goal scoring chance goes begging. Anwar Ali failed to connect a header inside the box in 64th minute and he had another in 84th minute, but it only hit the crossbar.

It was USA’s night. Ali hit the crossbar and he hasn’t time to react, and on the other end Andrew Carlton finds the net in quick counter-attack. India may have better luck next time when they’ll face Colombia on Oct 9, at the same venue.



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