Indian Colts will next face Colombia U-17 on Monday, October 9 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
The 52 matches will be played across six cities - Guwahati, Margao (Goa), Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Kochi.
India is focusing on the curtain raiser and navigating daunting matches against Colombia and Ghana, but Patel is running his own parallel agenda. In just a few hours India will go head to head with usa in their first encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
Jitendra Singh ade a nervous start as he gave the ball away in his half consecutive moments. The American players began with a possessive match. As a result, the defenders will be able to stop them from crossing freely and unless fatigue plays a part, they will also dominate most of the aerial duels. The US attack tried to find leakages in the Indian defense.
The Turks had the better of the first half, with Ahmed Kutucu's headed goal from a corner putting them 1-0 in front. The opposition's striker, Joshua Sargent didn't miss the opportunity to score. One less goal conceded than against US or even one scored? "We conceded a stupid goal in the first half", De Matos said during the post-match press conference on Friday.
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The Indian team looked unprepared for the opening game.
U.S. headed into the break with a 1-0 lead and started the second half by putting pressure on the hosts straightaway. Underdog Indian side came out in the second-half to find an equalizer. "Now that they have the first experience [of a match], perhaps they start the next game more confidently because they know what to expect".
But, the team is suspect defensively, given that both centre-backs, James Sands and Chris Durkin, are playing out of position. "Nevertheless, hosting the world cup matches is a huge thing", said M. Subash Balan, a techie at Infopark and a hardcore football fan who was once a qualified referee. We were very excited. They were organised and there was no space to play through.
"We got the punishment from them".
Their opponents Colombia are among the top South American countries but they have not made it to the tournament since the 2009 edition where they finished third. They have participated in 15 of the 16 editions of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup, having only missed out in 2013.
"For us, we will play as a collective unit and try to fight the strength and physique they have".