Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

India set sights on Ghana upset at U-17 World Cup

India set sights on Ghana upset at U-17 World Cup

"The boys have made progress but we need to invest in them".

Colombia and United States of America were tied on goal difference too, plus-2 but the head-to-head result forced the South Americans to pip U.S. for the second place.

While the hosts bowed out, Colombia, Ghana and Mali all collected impressive victories on day seven of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup India 2017 to add their names to the list of teams that are through to the knockout stage. After a fiery display against Colombia in the previous game, which they lost 2-1, the hosts were expected to exhibit more determination and grit in their third and potentially final game. Their crosses were inviting.

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For the second goal, the cross was from Edmund Arko-Mensah.

The head coach of the Indian U-17 national team, Luiz Norton de Matos has disclosed that he knew his outfit will find it hard to cope against Ghana. India's four defenders - Boris Thangjam, Jitendra Singh, Anwar Ali and Sanjeev Stalin had no answer for it.

Goals from Giovanni Bogado and Fernando Cardozo at the end of the first half left Turkey with it all to do after the break and their task became almost-impossible after Antonio Galeano added a third just after the hour mark.

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The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 will forever go down in history as the year India finally made their debut in a FIFA tournament.

"Would love to see how senior India teams perform against senior teams of these countries!" They need to play in the I-League. Had it been Nepal, Bhutan or Maldives, it could be different. "I am sure this generation is the one for future and the learning process has to go on", de Matos said. "It is possible", Matos said. African teams at this age-group level are very tough.

Indians were formidable in the first half and did not give their counterparts many chances to score who were desperate and continuously going for long shots.

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