New Delhi: United Sates beat India 3-0 in a Group A match of FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Friday. Josh Sargent in the 30th minute, Chris Durkin in the 51st and Andrew Carleton in the 84th scored in the winning cause. This was the second match of Group A in the competition, played at the same venue where Ghana beat Colombia earlier in the day.
The Indians gave a good account of themselves in the first half although the visitors dominated from start to finish and should have scored within the first 10 minutes. India’s star winger Komal Thatal was superb down the left, repeatedly troubling the American defenders with his dribbling skills.
India’s other winger Ninthoiganba Meetei also played well with his speedy runs down the right. Abhijit Sarkar also did well in the midfield. Indian goalkeeper Dheeraj Moirangthem was in superb form, coming up with several superb saves to reduce the margin of defeat.
The hosts played a defensive, counter-attacking style with Aniket Jadhav as the lone striker. The Indian boys however, suffered from a lack of co-ordination in the final third which resulted in a lot of mispasses and made the job easier for the US defenders.
The Indian defence came under pressure right at the start when India goalkeeper Dheeraj Moirangthem produced a superb save to deny American striker Josh Sargent from close range.
This is the first time that any Indian team is playing at a football World Cup at any level. On the other hand, United States are also looking for a breakthrough since their best finish in the competition has been only at number four.
India will be playing their two remaining matches of the league stage of the World Cup also at the same venue in Delhi. They will play Colombia on October 9 and Ghana on October 12. (With IANS inputs)