New Delhi: Having lost two back to back matches hosts India face an uphill task if they have to qualify for the next round of FIFA Under-17 World Cup. After losing their opening fixture 0-3 against the USA and India were outplayed by Colombia in a hard-fought contest in their second match.
India will now face Ghana in their last group match today (October 12) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi and in order to progress to the second round, the hosts need not only a big win but other result to go in their favour as well.
Against Colombia Jeakson Singh Thounaojam became the first-ever Indian to score a goal in a FIFA world cup. But it was not enough for India to register their first win.
Here’s a look at Group A Points Table
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Here’s How India Can Qualify for Knockout Stage
- First India needs to make sure they beat Ghana by a huge margin. If India manages to go past Ghana challenge then their hopes of qualifying pin on the USA vs Colombia match. If USA wins against Colombia that too by a big margin, India will then proceed to the next round.
- India are bottom placed in Group A with -4 goal difference. They need to beat Colombia by at least three goals to climb up the ladder. Currently, Colombia and Ghana are equal on goal difference which is zero.
- In case India fails to beat Ghana, they can still advance to the Round of 16 as the third-placed team with the best record.