'India will play to win against Colombia'

Spain won the European U-17 championship in Croatia and they are one of the favourites heading into the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India

Spain won the European U-17 championship in Croatia and they are one of the favourites heading into the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India

Their opponents Colombia are among the top South American countries but they have not made it to the tournament since the 2009 edition where they finished third. We have to be on our toes throughout and have to focus on the task at hand. "We don't under estimate our rivals but will play according to plan and strength" he said adding that the boys are well aware of the importance of the match. One of the things that let India down against US was their passing and that was what coach Luis Norton De Matos concentrated on in the final practice session. "We will fight to win each match even if there is only five percent chance of winning". "The eventual target is to secure progression to the next stage whilst taking one game at a time", he said.

On the 29th minute, the Indian Left-back player tried to break a counterattack by the U.S., but it went horribly wrong as he conceded a penalty by a physical challenge.

Where will the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup India vs Colombia match be played? With the hosts playing against the United States in their FIFA Under-17 World Cup campaign opener, people gathered here to support India despite knowing the limited capabilities of the country's youngsters.

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Meanwhile, the players are all geared up for the next challenge. Indian footballers have participated in the 1948, 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games. "We will start with a player who is ready for his job".

"I thought they (India) played really well".

Aniket Jadhav brushed aside the pressure factor and stated, "Pressure is always there when you play football. For Indian players the experience of playing in the World Cup will help them in the long run", said the 63-year-old who was entrusted with guiding the U-17 team in the mega event this March. This half, both teams displayed some great attacks, but neither side could score.

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Colombia coach Orlando Restrepo replaced an ineffective Brayan Gomez by Deiber Caicedo at the half time but his side s fortunes did not change much. Those mistakes are remembered, rather than all the good pieces of defending they do in a game. "But this is a matter of survival for us and we will do everything to be in contention of progression".

The two teams faced each other in August this year in the "Torreo 4 Naciones" (tournament of 4 nations) with Colombia registering a 3-0 win over the hosts.

Suresh Singh Wangjam, who started the match and put on an impressive show, spoke with the press after Team India held a closed door practice session at one of the practice pitches inside the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium complex.

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