5 positives that India can take from their defeat to USA

Lynette Rowe
October 9, 2017

In a friendly with a lower level team our mistakes may not be punished but a team like U.S. can immediately counter and score when we miss a chance.

The United Arab Emirates will host the next two Club World Cups, but India is eyeing the edition in 2021.

"I am here to see the first game, their senior national teams are playing for the qualification spot (at the 2018 FIFA World Cup) so its not possible to see them".

Irrespective of how the hosts perform, the tournament is set to boost football in India.

Indian boys played their hearts out as they managed to hold United States for first 30 minutes.

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"We have come here to win the World Cup".

But India continued to press and took advantage of some sloppy defending from the usa team to come very close to scoring. We will not give up and nothing is impossible in football.

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Coach Santi Denia and star player Abel Ruiz made it clear that winning the World Cup was Spain U17 team's main goal, in an interaction with the press ahead of their Federation Internationale de Football Association U17 World Cup opener.

Many girls with different get-ups along with their friends, came to the stadium and chanted "India, India".

So it was very hard to stay in touch with our families and while we were leaving for the tournament they were anxious. "They (USA) will be strong in attack and we have to prepare to counter their attack". We played them in Mexico and expect a physically taxing game. "It is extremely good for Indian football", Durkin said. Host countries can be tough at World Cups and the US did its best to not get rattled in a hostile environment.

A defensive mix-up gave Thotal a golden chance to open the account for India, but his chip shot flew over the USA goal.

Every attack by the Indian players went in vain as they were not able to find their players to complete the attacking passes.

The India vs Colombia FIFA U-17 World Cup match will be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. "That's one thing we've learned".

In Group B, Paraguay and Mali played out a thriller this evening with the South Americans running out 3-2 winners after Alan Rodriguez converted the winning penalty in the second half.

India had won the bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2017 in December 2013 after much apprehension from authorities on whether the preparations would be complete by then, whether more corruption would take place as witnessed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and even whether India should bid at all considering India's football rankings. Physically, they are far superior to the Indians and they are more experienced.

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