India lose to Colombia at FIFA U-17 World Cup

Colombian coach Orlando Restrepo said they have put behind their defeat to Ghana and that his boys are going to be competitive against India. Representational Image. PTI

'Eager to bounce back'

Ghana remained on three points after two matches with their 1-0 win over Colombia on the opening day of the tournament and will face India in their final group match.

When pointed that Colombia struggled in the second half against Ghana, Restrepo said: "It does take time to adapt, every match is different".

Luis Norton de Matos made four changes to the line-up that started against U.S., dropping forwards Komal Thatal and Aniket Jadhav, who impressed on Friday.

"Colombia are tough opponents and they possess the necessary elements to hurt us". Taking a cross from the left, the Colombian edged along the top of the India box before unleashing an unstoppable left-footed shot past Moirangthem for a 1-0 lead.

With an eye on qualification from the Group A, India and Colombia have kicked-off their second match of the ongoing Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. Rearing his tall frame, he rose past the Colombian defence to meet a corner and sent the ball rocketing into the net for India's first ever goal at a FIFA World Cup.

India scored when Jeakson, the tallest player in the side, headed in a Sanjeev Stalin corner, sending the whole stadium into a state of delirium.

Spectators, tens of thousands strong, including Jeakson's parents launched themselves off their seats at New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

In the country's maiden appearance in any World Cup game, India got a taste of the cut-throat world of worldwide football as they were blanked 3-0 by the U.S. in the tournament's opening night at a almost packed stadium. Sunil Chhetri, Praful Patel and many others congratulated the football player.

With both teams failing to break the deadlock, India went into the breather with their heads held high, but cursing their fate.

Juan Penaloza's rasping 49th-minute left footer put the South Americans ahead.

The two chances would haunt them for long.

Dheeraj, on this occasion, had no chance even though he had another brilliant night under the bar pulling off a couple of fine saves, showing nice anticipation.

Down by a goal in this crucial encounter, India looked eager to respond as Meetei delivers a cross from the right flank, only to find Rahul Kanoly's shot wide off the target.

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