United States beats host India 3-0 in Under-17 World Cup opener


"The one thing that is important for us is that every game, we're going to learn", Matos said.

Meanwhile, the sturdy midfielder felt that there is room for improvement in the offensive areas. This is the first time when we are holding world cup and our priority is to deliver our best and we will do it, ?

Chhetri, who has played Nehru Cups in front of packed galleries, is ready to cheer the younger ones.

Thousands of children filled the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium to boost India's first major sporting event since the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which was marked by vast open spaces in stadiums. In a group containing Colombia and Ghana as well, Luis Norton de Matos and his boys certainly are the underdogs but will be hoping to put up a creditable show. The moment had to be left behind to focus on the task ahead. It is the first time they are playing in a tournament of such magnitude. "It will be there against Colombia as well, but this time we are not looking to give a tough fight, we are looking to win".

Komal Thatal is another player who caught eye with his dribbling skills.

Jitendra Singh and Anwar Ali marshalled the central defence with Sanjeev Stalin and Rahul being the full-backs.

Physically as well as technically, India lagged.

"Our final pass wasn't that good". He also gave an idea of how they approached the United States of America game saying that the team was set up to defend in their own half and attack on the counter. They would have learnt how to play before such an unbelievable crowd, which is also an important learning process for them.

Monday will be a different day with a different opponent, but the raids are likely to continue. It was a defensive sloppiness on the part of the Colombians and their captain and center back Thomas Gutierrez allowed the low cross to go past him across the face of the goal for Ibrahim to fire home with a low shot.

Colombia lost 0-1 against Ghana in the opening match of Group A and although the South Americans are also yet to open their account, the Indian colts are at the bottom courtesy their goal difference.

India's capital will host its last game of the tournament on October 16, just before pollution levels spike around the Diwali festival, when Hindus celebrate by setting off huge amounts of fireworks.

Colombia have so far competed in five editions of the tournament, finishing third on two occasions. It was the spirit with which the Indians contested that earned them appreciation. In recognition of the increasing excitement about the handsome game in India, "Football Takes Over" was the first and most fitting choice as the official slogan for the tournament.