FIFA U17 World Cup: 5 things that went wrong for India
When it was first announced that India would host the FIFA U-17 World Cup, everyone in the country was excited. The euphoria of participating in a football World Cup had swept us off our feet.
When the team started winning matches in foreign, we started believing in the team – we started hoping. Alas, there is no true despair without hope.
On Thursday, India’s first ever tryst with the FIFA U-17 World Cup came to a disappointing end after suffering a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Ghana. Having already lost the first two matches against the USA and Colombia, the young team finished their campaign without a single point to their name.
It was a harsh reality check for a side that actually showed promise.
Here, we take a look at five things that went wrong for the Indian youngsters.
#5 Overwhelmed by the occasion
The way India started their campaign against the USA, especially the way they played in the first half of the game, they weren’t even the shadow of the team that was winning matches in foreign soils.
The passing was erratic, the players could not keep the ball for long, and the defenders were not maintaining their positions. The forwards were guilty of wasting many chances to go forward by playing too selfishly. The whole team, barring ‘keeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, underperformed in that first 45 minutes.
The only reason that can be deemed to be valid for this was that the boys were completely overwhelmed by the huge occasion of playing in a World Cup. In the next two matches, the Indians showed more resolution but the bad start had already done enough damage.