India lose to Colombia at FIFA U-17 World Cup


"But, we proved today we can play at this level and I am proud of the commitment the players showed on the pitch", Matos told the post-match press conference. "As a coach, I would not like to lose".

To the surprise, and delight, of the sizeable crowd at the stadium, Jeakson became the first ever Indian player to score a goal in the World Cup.

Both India and Colombia were looking to find their first victory in the tournament, after losing to the U.S. and Ghana respectively in their initial fixtures.

Ghana would come to regret not taking their chances, as US won all three points thanks to Akinola's goal on 75 minutes. Keeping in mind the performance of the Indian team in the second half, Matos said, "We are going to fight for a result".

That encouraging first half had the Indian fans anticipating even better things after the break.

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"Both Colombia and United States of America coaches said we were a hard opponent for them and that is a testimony to how much we have improved as a team".

Down by a goal in this crucial encounter, India looked eager to respond as Meetei delivers a cross from the right flank, only to find Rahul Kanoly's shot wide off the target.

India's plans were jolted four minutes in the second session when Penaloza was given space for the first time in the night to cut back inside to his left and direct the ball into the far corner. India lost the match 2-1 but Jeakson Singh Thaunaojam ensured that he gave the Indian fans something to cheer about and true to its form Twitterati could not help but hail the youngster's heroic attempt at giving India a win in the Under-17 World Cup. "They don't score goals in normal ways". "We must lead with our strongest points and our strongest points in this moment is our wingers", he concluded.

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