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US will next take on Ghana on October 9. There was order, however, on the field where Ghana, giving a clinical exhibition of modern football, beat Colombia 1-0 in the opening match of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup here on Friday. With that goal, Sargent gave the US team a 1-0 lead and has now scored in both the U-20 and U-17 World Cups in the same year. The American players began with a possessive match. It was not just physical, though the visitors were definitely stronger, but it seemed at times that the Indian boys were lacking in basic skills. Indian team was completely outclassed by the U.S. team. They were to hard to break down. 10': Sargent takes a free-kick for the team, but the Indians successfully defend the shot. We will not give up and nothing is impossible in football.

It was one-way traffic with the usa players passing the ball patiently among themselves. "I think we can play much better", USA coach John Hackworth said. The Indian defence was caught napping but Josh Sargent could only hit it straight at keeper Dheeraj who did well to make himself big. His little boy was particularly attracted to Thatal's golden hair; it nearly made him a fan and then confirmed as one, eight minutes into the second half.

Acosta was great off the benchIn the second half, John Hackworth brought on George Acosta in the midfield and the team followed better offensively.

According to the coach, the events back in Catalonia where an independence referendum has caused political controversy, will not affect the team in anyway and they will concentrate totally on football.

"We had a nervy start and the players were shy and could not play their game against ay afloat team of the quality of USA".

"It's a chance that most of us will nearly certainly never get and you have to forgive us for being jealous of you". They theselves will be seen as futures stars of Indian football. The US was up with two goals lead after this goal against the hosting side. But we need to improve on our final pass. The score that day was not indicative of the way they play and compete. Four out of the six teams that finish third will also get a chance to proceed into the next round determined by goal difference. "It's a moment they should never forget in their lifetime", said Matos on the eve of India's tournament opener against the formidable United States of America at the JLN Stadium.

The hosts opened their campaign against the United States in Group A but the Americans ran riot, claiming a 3-0 win at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. This defensive approach was no match against the more attacking 4-3-3 formation of the USA.

Jaime Gavilan played for Spain in the 2001 Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup. India's first priority on Friday will be to ensure their defensive organisation is ideal against a side which is very strong offensively.

  • Julie Sanders