U.S. beats host India 3-0 in Under-17 World Cup opener

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Although the least preferred formation for India, the 5-3-2 could help India function better in defence and is compatible to create fast attacks, considering the players at the flanks. Because playing the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup is just one of the first steps.

But India have been dealt a blow even before the tournament has begun, with full-back Boris Singh unavailable due to a suspension he picked up in the final 2016 AFC U16 Championship group game against Saudi Arabia.

Colombia lost 0-1 against Ghana in the opening match of Group A and although the South Americans are also yet to open their account, the Indian colts are at the bottom courtesy their goal difference.

Ghana will face the US in their next group game on Monday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. It was a historic match for India as they were about to play their first game in FIFA World Cup. It was not just physical, though the visitors were definitely stronger, but it seemed at times that the Indian boys were lacking in basic skills. The US attack tried to find leakages in the Indian defense. In the 24th minute, Aniket Jadhav earned a corner kick for India, but Sanjeev Stalin's delivery was met with a fury of American headers to clear away the ball.

"We didn't play great, to be fair". The opposition's striker, Joshua Sargent didn't miss the opportunity to score. The U.S. team should have won the game by more as its finishing was off but the talent gap between the two countries was wide. Denia talked about their opponents in the first game, Brazil, and talked about how important the game will be in what he considers is the most hard group of the tournament. "We will also have to compete against the crowd who would be cheering for the hosts", he said.

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However his effort hit the woodwork and America launched a quick counter, carving the Indian defense open.

"We had a nervy start against USA". Both the teams didn't meet before in any match and it is the first match they are playing.

India attack backfired on the 51st minute when the USA came with a counter-attack and ended up in taking a corner.

The wishes of Indian football officials and players came true as thousands of football lovers thronged the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here to witness the world's most popular sport. "We've learnt that at this level we will have to pay even for the smallest mistakes".

Miracles are not expected of the side but a competitive display will be one of Norton de Matos' primary aims. The game was marred by poor management issues by the Organizing Committee.

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