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Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

United States take on Colombia with an eye on hosts

United States take on Colombia with an eye on hosts

The United States advanced to the round of 16 at the Under-17 World Cup despite losing 3-1 to Colombia yesterday. The pressure is on Colombia to defeat U.S. and ensure that they finish with six points. The home crowd kept decibels level high throughout trying to lift the team's spirits, but India were left to play catch-up with Richard and Emmanuel carving through the exhausted Indian defence.

"We had team meetings and we had resolved we will give not 100 per cent but 200 per cent". India began on a fast note looking for an early goal but it was not an easy task to get past the sturdy and agile back line of Edmund Arko-Mensah and Najeeb Yakubu. Given their age and the lack of grassroot development of the sport in India, they needed this experience just to learn what it is like to play against the world's best. So there is a lot of difference. Towards the end, Ghana's Danso and Toku hardly broke sweat to score the goals. Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos have often played in front of minimal fan support, so it was heartening to see the people of New Delhi turn out in big numbers for the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup games. "It was hard for the players because there were niggles or tightness in muscles in some players", he said.

Skipper Eric Ayiah scored two goals as India went down 4-0 against Ghana in the Under-17 World Cup match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi on Thursday.

"We can't look to keep the ball against a team like Ghana, their individual players are too good. We were also having some individual approach during the match". The second half was disastrous for India as they conceded three goals.

On being asked if the infrastructure in Ghana is better than in India, he said,"In terms of playing fields, India is ahead of Ghana". India will need captain Amarjit Singh to step up after a lacklustre performance in the first two games.

Fans turned up in numbers during India's FIFA U-17 World Cup matches and Delhi is not exactly a football-loving city.

"I want to see the senior Indian team to play this team in an official competition!"

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