FIFA U17 World Cup 2017: India 1-2 Colombia, 5 talking points
"15 seconds of ecstasy?" or "Close but no cigar?" If a feature film was made on India's game against Colombia on Monday night at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi, the two titles above would have been near apt describe the proceedings.
After being thwarted by the goalkeeper and the crossbar (again), Indian moment finally came in the World Cup when Jaekson Singh rose above all and nodded in the country's first ever goal at a FIFA World Cup. The joy that the goal brought, to the crowd in the stadium and millions outside (acting as an equaliser after Juan Peñaloza had given Colombia the lead), was short-lived as Peñaloza doubled his as well as his country's tally and put a dampener on the proceedings as Colombia finally ran out 2-1 winners on the night.
While this loss might be the death-knell for India in the World Cup, the Blue Colts can certainly
#1 Let's talk about the goal
India's first goalscorers in football history:
Olympics: 1948, S Raman, v FRA
Asian Games: 1951, S Mewalal, v INA
Asian Cup: 1964, Appalaraju, v KOR
World cup(U17): 2017, Jaekson Singh vs Colombia
There are some records which just can't be broken. They are the names which will be etched into the stones for eternity - the first to reach a milestone. Welcome - Jaekson Singh.
When Jaekson was not chosen to be a part of the starting eleven in the first game, Ranjit Bajaj, the owner of Minerva FC - the club from which the youngster has been graduating through the academy ranks was dismayed. In the game against Colombia, the lanky midfielder showed just why.
Replacing Suresh Wangjam after he had a not-so-impressive beginning in the game against the US, Jaekson Singh looked composed in midfield and kept things ticking over whenever India had the ball - which unfortunately was again not much.
However, his rise to fame late in the second half when he rose like a Collasus and finished like an adept striker to put India's name in the list of countries to have scored a goal in a FIFA World Cup. And that will stay with him and our hearts forever.