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The Portuguese tactician, who looked like a relieved man after India's performance, said that it was the inexperience of the Indian players that led to conceding the second goal of Colombia within minutes of India restoring parity.
India coach Luis Norton de Matos started with their star winger Komal Thatal on bench.
"India were very organised at the back against the U.S., they conceded an unfortunate penalty otherwise they would have made things more hard for the US", said Restrepo before Colombia's practice session on Friday.
Team India need to be wary of Colombia's attack at the same time and surely, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium will back the home side.
India registered a defeat by a slender 1-2 margin against Colombia in the group stage fixture of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Monday. Rearing his tall frame, he rose past the Colombian defence to meet a corner and sent the ball rocketing into the net for India's first ever goal at a FIFA World Cup.
India responded by scoring the equaliser from a corner delivered by Sanjeev Stalin which was headed in by Jeakson, who was left unmarked at the near post.
"In the first match against U.S. also (in which India lost 0-3), the ball hit the post and on the counter they (USA) scored".
To the surprise, and delight, of the sizeable crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, India had Colombia at their mercy in the 16th minute. Sunil Chhetri, Praful Patel and many others congratulated the football player. And they used it to rattle the Colombians on a few occasions. India were in with a chance as long they maintained their concentration and shape. "It was due to the inexperience of the players", the coach said.
Penaloza eventually put Colombia ahead in the 51st minute.
The assist was made by captain Thomas Gutierrez, and as the ball found the back of the net, the Colombian team ran towards their dugout and celebrated. India had taken one shot off-target while Colombia took five.