FIFA U17 World Cup 2017: India 0-3 USA, 5 Talking Points
India go down fighting on their World Cup debut.
India's tryst with footballing destiny didn't get off to the brightest of starts as the Blue Colts succumbed 0-3 to USA, who on the day were just a tad bit sharper, quicker and stronger. The visitors who began the proceedings in a formidable fashion finally got their reward when Sargent was brought down by an overzealous Jitendra Singh.
Whilst India finished the half strong, the Americans kept a tight lid on things at the back and finally hit the dagger when Chris Durkin's shot following a corner found it's a through a maze of Indian players and into the back of the net.
The Blue Colts, however, got into the game and could have easily scored if Komal Thatal and Anwar Ali had taken their chances. However, the Indians were dealt a cruel lesson in football as just after Anwar had struck the crossbar, it was the Carleton down the other who showed the Blues how to finish a chance off - rounding the keeper and slotting it home.
When the final whistle finally blew, it was all tears for the Indian but these bunch of history makers have a long way to go.
#1 Adrenaline gets the better of India
At the age of 17, I was struggling to get my calculus right and when it comes to responsibilities it was only about getting done with my daily chores and making sure I didn't late of for school or the tuition. So when you think of these 21 boys who have the weight of the whole country on their shoulders, one might forgive them for the nerves and the adrenaline rush.
Playing in front of not only roaring Indians but also Indian footballing legends as well as the Indian Prime Minister can be a daunting task and this night certainly proved to be so. The kids in Blue were running purely on Adrenaline in the first 30 odd minutes. They were full of nervous energy which led to relentless running and a massive lack of composure - especially when on the ball.