Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

India to take on Colombia today

India to take on Colombia today

Though he was once guilty of wasting a chance in the second half when his lob was off target.

India faced its second consecutive defeat in the ongoing Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup after going down 1-2 to Colombia in an entertaining Group A encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Monday evening. "I think I will sleep well today", de Matos said at the post-match press conference. India, competitive throughout, responded through Jeakson Thounaojam's 82-minute header from a Sajeev Stalin corner, but conceded in the very next minute, Penaloza scoring an opportunistic second to ruin prospects of a creditable draw here at the Nehru Stadium.

In the country's maiden appearance in any World Cup game, India got a taste of the cut-throat world of global football as they were blanked 3-0 by the United States of America in the tournament's opening night at a almost packed stadium.

The Fifa u-17 World Cup is progressing at a fast pace with as many as four matches being played everyday.

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"Colombia are tough opponents and they possess the necessary elements to hurt us". However, he also made a serious allegation against the match official in charge on the field, "The first goal was not a mistake of our team". In the cut-throat world of worldwide football, Colombia may be many, many rungs above India, but the host nation had the momentum on this night.

They should come up with an improved performance against a stronger Colombian unit. "But we showed that we can play at the same level of Colombia, one of the top South American teams".

It was Juan Penaloza who put Colombia ahead in the 51st minute. The midfielder ran to the edge of the box and kept the Indian defenders guessing with his deft footwork, before unleashing a left-footed strike to the bottom left corner of Dheeraj Singh's post.

In the 15th minute, forward Abhijit Sarkar got the first chance for India from the box, but the close-range shot was prevented by Colombian goalkeeper Kevin Mier.

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