Day 1, India lose 0-3 to USA

U17 WorldCup

Although other nations would clearly have better experienced and talented players, the FIFA World Cup is an excellent way India can make its presence felt in the field of football as well as provide exposure and experience to its young football stars. The tournament is being played at six different stadiums in India.

In the country's maiden appearance in any World Cup game, India got a taste of the cut-throat world of global football as they were blanked 3-0 by US in the tournament's opening night at a almost packed Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. India had been strangely subdued - "shy" as Matos described it - in their opening game, as they came to terms with having created history by competing in their first World Cup. Acosta can be streaky but he made a strong case as to why he should start in the No. 10 position when the games become a lot harder after today. The American players began with a possessive match. As far as they are from world standards and as lethargic as their opponents were on the day, the United States of America game is not a true reflection of where India stand. We will also try and work on that. They scored from two corners and another from dribbling inside the box. He even counted the crowd in his playing team when the coach said that they wanted to play with the 12 players instead of 11. So if we improve that. we had around 3-4 chances to score and we missed. "We then made adjustments at half time, which gave us more space to play", Hackworth said. "The team was not nervous but excited and we enjoyed the night", Suresh said, describing the moment. They struggled to complete passes and ended up numerous times in giving away the ball to opponents. He also gave an idea of how they approached the US game saying that the team was set up to defend in their own half and attack on the counter. Indian coach himself looked frustrated by the Indian performance.

45': Second half is underway. Underdog Indian side came out in the second-half to find an equalizer. Carlton beat the defence and cleverly put the ball in the back of the net. "So we weren't nervous, we were excited to play our game. everyone told us the stadium would be nearly full and we should mentally prepare for the crowd.it was just as good as I expected". The combined experience of this team is only 109 matches.

90': Three minutes to be added as injury time.

India's Portuguese coach Luis Norton de Matos knows full well the impact this tournament will have on the development of Indian football. We have two lines, very close and don't want to give space.

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