FIFA U-17 World Cup: India 1-2 Colombia

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

After suffering a 3-0 loss in their first Group A fixture, the hosts, India took on Colombia in search of their first ever World Cup finals victory. The story didn’t pan out as good as expected, but the Boys in Blue put up a spirited performance, which is worthy of an applause.

In the opening spell of the tie, both the teams struggled to keep hold of the ball. India didn’t have the explosive Komal Thatal to burst forward, so it was Abhijit Sarkar up top, chasing every ball. Colombia fielded their best possible XI but had a bit of nerve in the opening minutes. They had more of the ball, but India did quite well to keep them out of dangerous areas.

The first real chance was created by the hosts when Boris and Abhijit Sarkar’s brilliant one-two sliced up the Colombian defence. The Colombian stopper, however, rushed in to make a crucial save. Colombia hit back with a couple of counters forcing Indian stopper, Dheeraj, to make some decisive saves.

The best chance of the match for India came just before half-time when a fantastic ball from the right found Rahul KP at the edge of the area. He controlled the ball and hit a left-footed volley, which unfortunately was halted by the crossbar.

In the second half, India started the game a little brighter than their opponents and once again created the better chances. But like their previous tie against the USA, India failed to capitalize when on top. Colombia drew first blood, thanks to Juan Penaloza’s fantastic curling finish.

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After conceding the first goal, India once again charged up the field. There were frustrating passages of play, but the breakthrough finally came, and it came through a fantastic corner. Jeakson Singh, the tallest player in the side, thumped the ball home from close range. India’s first ever goal in a World Cup was recorded from a set piece.

The Jawaharlal Nehru stadium erupted as they saw their side celebrate a stunning goal. But sadly, ecstasy turned to despair in a matter of moments as Colombia took the lead once again through a smart passage of play, with the goalscorer Juan Penaloza once again at the end of it. The match ended 1-2 in favour of the South Americans who are sitting behind Ghana on goal difference.

Even though India did not end up with the result they were hoping for, every Indian who witnessed today’s encounter must have been a little proud of how the 17-year-olds have performed against a far superior, world-class side. The Boys in Blue will face their final group stage fixture against Ghana on Thursday.

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FIFA U 2017 WORLD CUP

BLOG by riya rathore

The largest country in the subcontinent is about to throw open its arms to the footballing fraternity at large come 6 October as India host the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.24 countries from six confederations will be competing for one of the biggest honours in youth football, with matches being hosted in six cities across the country. Country: India,Confederation: AFC (Asia),Nicknames:  Indian Colts, Blue Cubs,Known for:  Long balls, quick wing-play Coach:  Luís Norton de Matos. In this segment, we take a look at the hosts, the Indian national U-17 football team and guide you through their journey to the world cup, highlighting their strengths, tactics and key players.E ven in the 2016 AFC U-16 meet in Goa, where they qualified on merit apart from being hosts, India ended at the bottom of their group with just one point to show in return for all their efforts.The only piece of silverware India U-16 have won is the 2013 South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) U-16 Championship in Nepal.

The Blues ended as runners-up in both 2011 and 2015 in the South Asian zonal youth competition.  FIFA’s Head of Tournaments Jaime Yarza said “Attendance, especially in the venue where the home team plays its matches, is one of the priorities of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, crucial to achieving the purpose of better positioning football in the country, so the government’s commitment in this regard is highly appreciated.”The presence of the Secretary of Sports at the meetings concerning the state of the works in the stadium and training sites sends a positive message and reflects the strong involvement of the authorities. We expect this involvement to extend into the area of pollution prevention, which has been an important topic discussed in relation to the tournament, in particular in Delhi. The draw for the FIFA U-17 World Cup is scheduled to take place on Friday, July 7 at 7 PM IST at Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai.The tournament, which will feature 24 nations from around the globe including India, is scheduled to kick off on October 6, 2017. Held for the first time in 1985 — back then it was an U-16 tournament — and played every two years, the 2017 edition in India will be the 17th edition of the World Cup. The U-17 World Cup will be held between 6 to 28 October, across six cities — New Delhi, Navi Mumbai, Margao (Goa), Kochi, Kolkata and Guwahati.With 100 days to go for the extravaganza, where the 24 teams will play a total of 52 games.

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