India began their FIFA U17 World Cup campaign with a 3-0 defeat against the United States, making it only the fifth instance that a host nation lost its opening match at the FIFA U17 World Cup and also the worst performance by a host in its opening match.
India may have lost badly but it was a pretty gritty performance by an inexperienced side against one of the tournament’s hottest favourites. Hence, the hosts can take quite a few positives from this game which can boost their morale ahead of their must-win game against Colombia.
#5 The Indian players showing some offensive intent
With the immense pace of USA’s midfielders, India spent the majority of the 90 minutes trying to thwart USA’s attempts on goal. However, they did manage to come up with attacks. The Indian players played a relative offensive game in the second half compared to the first and had a few opportunities to score.
As mentioned by American coach John Hackworth, India’s counter-attacks were pretty good and put the Americans in a spot of bother for a while. Had the Indian players had better finishing abilities, we would have seen an Indian goal or two scored yesterday. However, if the Indian attackers can focus on their finishing abilities, then India could come in their second match as a team which is just as offensive as it is defensive.