FIFA U-17 World Cup: India and Colombia look to take their first points while USA Ghana have a sight at the knockout stages

India ready for the Colombian test

After putting up a brave fight against the USA in their Group A opener in the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, the Indian U-17 National Team coach Luis Norton de Matos asserted his side is ready to take on Colombia on Monday.

Colombia lost 1-0 against Ghana in the opening match of Group A and although the South-Americans are level on points with India since both have zero points, the Indian colts are at the bottom, courtesy goal difference. A win for India would propel them to stay in contention for qualification for the next stage of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.The Indian U-17s had played Colombia in a four-nation tournament in Mexico City, Mexico where the

The Indian U-17s had played Colombia in a four-nation tournament in Mexico City, Mexico where the Colts lost 3-0. Komal

Komal Thatal, a guy with a blond hair, caught the eyes with his runs down the left and dribbling skills. Thatal, who hails from Bhaichung Bhutia’s state Sikkim, created quite a few openings for India. His partner upfront also impressed many. Moirangthem

Moirangthem Dheeraj Singh, India would have lost by a bigger margin. Playing in their maiden FIFA tournament, rank outsiders India were outclassed by a side that was a few notches above the ‘Boys in Blue’.

Colombia will be desperate to open their account and will certainly go all out. They will look to score as many as possible to bag full points and improve their goal difference.The first to land in India for the tournament, Colombia have acclimatised themselves

The first to land in India for the tournament, Colombia have acclimatised themselves to the conditions, though they started the tournament with a reverse.

USA Aims to Take Control of Group A vs Ghana

The U.S. kicked off the tournament with a convincing 3-0 win against host India on Friday, while Ghana earned a 1-0 victory against Colombia.

The two teams now sit atop Group A with three points each, with the USA holding the advantage over the African side on goal difference. A draw will put both of them in a strong position to be in the knock-out stage as two top teams from each group and the four next best-placed teams overall will make it to the next round.

The USA had a relatively easier outing in their campaign opener while Ghana had to toil hard to overcome Colombia by a solitary goal. In fact, Colombia dominated most of the first half before Ghana took the upper hand.

The two teams have met twice before in the U-17 World Cup, with the Black Starlets claiming 2-0 wins in both 1995 in Quito and 1999 in Auckland.Ghana, two-time champions at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1991 and 1995, are looking to end their 22-year trophy drought in a tricky group.Goal-scorer Sadiq and goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim were excellent against Colombia while the Ghana defence was also solid in that game.

 

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