Saturday, 21 October, 2017

What coach De Matos said after India's loss to USA

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
Spencer Simpson | 09 October, 2017, 00:29

As far as USA's performance is concerned, the team looks quite confident against India and is considered a pretty good side on paper, in other words a much stronger squad in India's comparison. Under John Hackworth, who already has led the team in the 2005 and 2007 U17 World Cups, the team has been playing an attacking brand of 4-3-3 with emphasis on their front three players, namely Josh Sargent, Ayo Akinola and Timothy Weah. "A warm welcome and best wishes to all teams taking part in the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup. One in Spain, One here in India" said Denia when asked about their preparation for the tournament. It took them half an hour time to break the Indian defensive line. Even Sunil Chhetri said he envied us and that he would give up 15 years of his career to play a World Cup.

Though we were disappointed to get eliminated at the group stage but we had a good group of players including legends like Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres. Ghana and Colombia will not and that should provide for a more open game and a situation where Acosta will be even more needed and valuable.

Black Starlets coach Paa Kwesi is feeling buoyant in ahead of their opening match in the U-17 FIFA World Cup in India.

The second half started with the Indian striker kicking off the ball. 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.

The United States were tired of the likes of Komal Thatal and Ninthoinganba Meetei catching them on the counter and treaded carefully with their attacks in the early minutes.

Most of the first-half they played within their own half of the field defending the USA attack. And, the hosts nearly opened their scoreline in the 83rd minute with Anwar Ali's kick bouncing off the goal post.

"The players are confident and know what is expected from them". The game ended with a 0-3 win for the US.

"Every match is a new match as every day is a new day and playing in a FIFA World Cup is a different challenge for both teams as compared to a friendly match", De Matos said.

"It's the most hard group of the tournament and it's very important to win the first match". The Indian players played a relative offensive game in the second half compared to the first and had a few opportunities to score. It's part of the game, but we were a goal down.

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The United States should have had its third in the 61 minute when Carleton hit a attractive pass down the right side for Ayo Akinola who had only to the keeper to beat but hit a very poor chip with his attempt.

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