India set sights on Ghana upset at U-17 World Cup

Manipur Passion for the game! Jeakson Thounaojam once fasted 2 days when told to stop playing football

Colombia and United States of America were tied on goal difference too, plus-2 but the head-to-head result forced the South Americans to pip U.S. for the second place. There's still a possibility for India to qualify even after being rock bottom of Group A. After a heavy defeat against U.S. and a nail-biting finish against Colombia, India are left without points and a negative goal difference (GD).

India's maiden Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 campaign concluded on a heartbreaking note as they were thrashed by Ghana 4-0 in their final group match of the tournament at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday.

India's defence was totally clumsy in last minutes of the game as they gifted two goals to Ghana's substitutes Richard Danso and Emmanuel Toku within a span of two minutes. "The boys have made progress but we need to invest in them".

Dheeraj's performance against Colombia was so good that he received a standing ovation from the New Delhi crowd after the game, the only player to get such an honour.

John Hackworth's side is on to the knockout stage of the U-17 World Cup, but as a third-place finisher and not a group victor after a 3-1 loss to Colombia in India on Thursday.

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Jeakson Singh Thounaojam (15) scoring India's goal vs Colombia.

The joy was shortlived as Colombia retook the lead soon after...

Ghana also needed a win to be sure of a top-two finish in the group and hence an automatic knock-out berth, prompting them to keep the Indian citadel under seize throughout the match.

What's even more impressive was just how noisy and passionate the crowd were.

Perhaps one of the biggest positives for the India U-17 football team is simply being there for the experience. "They have very fast players, all of whom can decide the fate of the match". For me it's simple: I knew the third game was going to be the hardest.

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