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India lose to Colombia at FIFA U-17 World Cup

India lose to Colombia at FIFA U-17 World Cup

"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.

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.

India lost by a slender 1-2 margin to Colombia in a Group A fixture of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Monday.

It appeared India were headed for a draw when Jeakson Singh headed in off a corner, but the joy was short lived as Penaloza slammed the victor within a minute.

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 country's maiden appearance in any World Cup game, India got a taste of the cut-throat world of global football as they were blanked 3-0 by the United States of America in the tournament's opening night at a almost packed stadium.

The match willplayed at New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium from 8 PM.

There was heightened activity in the Colombian box, with Ninthoinganba Meetei initiating surging runs down the right flank.

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But, to the disappointment of the thousands occupying the stands, Abhijeet Sarkar, having found a clear view of the goal, shot over in the 16th minute. The same is going to happen on Monday, October 9, where four matches are set to be played, with the focus on the home team, India, who will take on Colombia at JLN Stadium in Delhi.

"The only issue is in the offensive which is the most hard aspect in football".

They should come up with an improved performance against a stronger Colombian unit.

"We had a plan before the game and we stuck to it", de Matos said.

With both teams failing to break the deadlock, India went into the breather with their heads held high, but cursing their fate. India were in with a chance as long they maintained their concentration and shape. "But we showed that we can play at the same level of Colombia, one of the top South American teams".

Penaloza eventually put Colombia ahead in the 51st minute.

Dheeraj, on this occasion, had no chance even though he had another brilliant night under the bar pulling off a couple of fine saves, showing nice anticipation.