The longingness to be noticed will again be the main driving force for India as they brace up to face another mighty opponents in Colombia in the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup here on Monday. I am hoping that tomorrow we can play with 12 players - 11 plus the huge crowd support.
India will face Colombia in their second FIFA U-17 World Cup match on Monday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi and head coach Luis Norton de Matos said the team is eager to earn a positive result. "Our assumption is that they have improved and that we will have to defend well and contain their forward [Aniket Jadhav] because he can pose adanger". For India, Komal Thatal and Aniket Jadhav impressed while Dheeraj Singh, in the Indian goal, did brilliantly for the hosts, or else India could have conceded even more goals.
Sadiq Ibrahim who netted the victor and goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim hogged spotlight against Colombia while the Ghanaian defence was also solid in that game.
"While it is the responsibility of each member association to ensure that their players meet the age requirements, FIFA has chose to conduct magnetic resonance imaging of the wrist at its U-17 competitions", said a FIFA spokesperson. Left winger Brayan Gomez had a couple of shots at the Ghana goal but could not test goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim properly. After hitting the post, the usa collected the ball and sprung forward.
The second half started on a speedy note as United States almost scored one more against India but the off-side flag went up in time.
As good as Carleton was, Goslin was the player of the game. India did create chances and impressed with the skills, once also coming agonisingly close to scoring their first-ever World Cup goal. With better finishing, this game would have been over quickly.
Sargent drew and converted a penalty kick just after the half-hour mark, while Durkin volleyed home the insurance strike six minutes into the second half off a corner kick that wasn't properly cleared.
"USA played seven global games in the last two months as part of preparations".
But the games ahead will be different. There was a moment in the opening half an hour where a Ghanian player lay injured and the entire Colombian team rushed to the touchline for a water break. India bunkered hard from the start. Having tasted defeat against Ghana in their first game, Colombia will be desperate to open their account and will certainly go all out.
But for Dhreeraj, who made at least three fine saves, including a point blank strike by American captain and star striker Josh Sargent, India would have lost the Group A match by a bigger margin.