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USA beats host India 3-0 in Under-17 World Cup opener

08 Октября 2017

For us it will be important to play without fear. "11 us and 12th, the fans", he was quoted to be saying by PTI. It feels great to be supported. "India exceeded our expectations and I'm really impressed with their team", Hackworth said at the post-match press conference. In a group containing Colombia and Ghana as well, Luis Norton de Matos and his boys certainly are the underdogs but will be hoping to put up a creditable show.

Ghana coach Paa Kwesi Fabin said that his team will play attacking football against US to seal early qualification to the knockout round.

"I had told the team not to carry any baggage and not to play under any pressure". The disappointment was clear on their faces as the players exited the stadium after the match and although the footballers completely ignored the media waiting for them in the mixed zone, their sombre mood and stooped shoulders spoke a thousand words. We were very excited.

While India struggled to piece together three-four passes while going forward, they created a attractive move at the fag end of the half. "Even if we were the second best, we would have liked to see us go for the draw". "It was the first time (we played such a big match) and being 17-years-old and playing in front of 40-45,000 people was a fantastic moment and playing the match was history in itself". Players know very well what they will find tomorrow. They will be playing their next match against Colombia at the same venue. The visitors created more chances in the second half, and could have scored a couple of more goals quite easily, but that did not matter as the scoreline remained 3-0 at full-time.

"We have been through a lot. But this is something that starts at the grassroots and can not be corrected very fast", he said.

Among the many firsts experienced in the defeat 0-3 defeat against United States of America on Friday night, reality check must have been on the minds of the India under-17 boys.

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The wishes of Indian football officials and players came true as thousands of football lovers thronged the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here to witness the world's most popular sport.

"The team will fight to the last minute and play with confidence giving Colombia a run for their money". My advice would be to come and enjoy playing football. To not lose their heads.

"We're well organised right now and we have to be apt on that to swing it in our way".

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USA beats host India 3-0 in Under-17 World Cup opener