Football gains a following in India

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Colombia have the talent which is common when you hail from South America, but their defenders were a bit slow for which they had to pay the price. India makes its debut in a football tournament only because it happens to be the host. Though it is easier said than done.

As predicted by head coach Luis Norton de Matos, the usa were always on the offensive forcing the Indians to defend their citadel for the major part of the game. The moment had to be left behind to focus on the task ahead. They (Colombia) will also give us a tough physical fight but we are ready for it.

Against USA, the team showed sparks on occasions, but the Portuguese would want his players go beyond that on Monday.

However, the Indians reacted valiantly and from another consolidated move down the middle, Komal got the best chance of the match when his lob over the advancing United States of America goalkeeper missed the target by a whisker.

"When you analyze US, after comparing with the Indian team they are good in nearly every aspect".

Komal Thatal is another player who caught eye with his dribbling skills.

The first chance of the second half went to Sargent again, but Dheeraj made himself big by diving to his right and came up with a great save.

Aniket Jadhav brushed aside the pressure factor and stated, "Pressure is always there when you play football".

Jitendra Singh and Anwar Ali marshalled the central defence with Sanjeev Stalin and Rahul being the full-backs.

Physically as well as technically, India lagged.

As is the case with most Indian teams at all levels, be it hockey or football, the goalkeepers are always seen in a better light and so has been Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem.

Gideon Acquah, who plays for Bokoafwa Tano FC, accompanied his coach, and was asked if he was aspiring to be the top scorer for the tournament. The Americans' results from the fag end of 2016 include a 4-0 win over Brazil and a 7-1 thrashing of Portugal. India did not get many chances to score as USA were in attacking mode throughout the match pushing the Indian team into their own half.

India's highest goal scorer in internationals, Chhetri, in an emotionally charged message, told the boys to "take the stage" as the seniors "take the stands", bringing out the fan in them.

Both USA and Ghana began their campaigns on a winning note, defeating India (3-0) and Colombia (1-0) respectively, and a victory tomorrow in the Group A match by either side would take them to the round of 16.

Midfielder Suresh Singh Wangjam insists the team would have to be more clinical while going forward and just defending through out the 90 minutes wont help them score points in the remaining two Group A encounters against Columbia and Ghana in the Fifa Under-17 World Cup.

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