India were outclassed by USA in their opening game of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, going down 3-0 in their first ever match at a FIFA tournament, at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Friday.India got their first taste of the ruthless nature of a top quality side as they lost to the USA.
USA captain Josh Sargent scored the match’s opening goal with a 31st minute penalty.In the second half a volley from Chris Durkin(51′) and Andrew Carleton’s closing goal(84′) did the job and took them to victory.
As coach Luis Norton de Mattos would say in the post match press conference, India’s last pass was their undoing. “We started the game very shy in the last pass. We had to pose some problems to them and we didn’t because we were always not able to get the last pass correct.”
If it wasn’t for goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem’s string of saves, India could have conceded a few more.USA dominated the game as India were unable to maintain possession due to their inability to keep the ball more than two passes.The visitors launched a wave of attacks as the hosts defended for the better part of the game.
One noteworthy moment was when Rahul Kannoly took the ball away from a dangerous Tim Weah. But the pressure did snap and Jitendra Singh fouled Josh Sargent. The Indian players remonstrated with the referee but replays showed that Jitendra was woefully far away from the ball. Andrew Carleton stepped up and coolly converted it.
India managed to create only a couple of clear chances through the game, Anwar Ali coming the closest to scoring in the 83rd minute as his rasping shot hit the bar. Midfielder Komal Thatal also had a decent chance in the second half, but his lob was off target.