India might have lost their second group match 1-2 on Monday against Colombia, but we are not complaining as the team showed grit through out and even scored their first FIFA U-17 World Cup goal when Jeakson Singh netted the ball on a  Sanjeev Stalin corner. Both the teams looked edgy at the beginning of the match. In the first half, Indian defence was quick to block out Colombian attacks; the team even got a couple of chances to score, but failed to capitalise on it. 

The second half did not start well for the Men in Blue as Colombia started to build up the pressure on an inexperienced Indian side. Juan Penloza scored the first goal of Colombia as he sent the ball inside the net from outside the box. The historic moment for India came in 82nd minute when Jeakson Singh scored a header to equalise the score and become the first Indian to score a goal in a FIFA tournament. The very next minutes witnessed another goal by Juan Penaloza, ending all Indian hopes of a maiden draw.

Indian coach Luis Norton de Matos expressed satisfaction with team’s performance after the match. “It is a pity that the ball hit the post and we did not score. Had we scored a goal, we would have been 1-0 up and the outcome of this match could have been different. I think I will sleep well today,” he said. 

The Portuguese said inexperience of Indian players cost them the match as Indian players had not settled down after their first goal making Colombia take advantage of the situation. “It (the goal of Colombia) happened within minutes of our goal (through Jeakson Singh). Had our players settled down for three-four minutes, the goal would not have been there. It was due to the inexperience of the players,” Luis Norton de Matos added.

India will now clash with two time champions Ghana in their final group stage encounter of FIFA U-17 World Cup on October 12 in New Delhi.

 

First Published | 10 October 2017 7:55 AM
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