DC United's Chris Durkin scores for USA at Under-17 World Cup


India is focusing on the curtain raiser and navigating daunting matches against Colombia and Ghana, but Patel is running his own parallel agenda.

He stated that "It will be also the first time an Indian team will play in a Federation Internationale de Football Association competition". We are going to exploit those weaknesses and fight for those little possibilities to make something happen... to rewrite the history of Indian football.

"While it is the responsibility of each member association to ensure that their players meet the age requirements, FIFA has made a decision to conduct magnetic resonance imaging of the wrist at its U-17 competitions", said a FIFA spokesperson. We have a fast player like Aniket which is lucky for us.

The Indian team tried hard and even came close to scoring a goal but they were outplayed by superior opponents.

"We need to rectify our mistakes and move on, winning and losing are part and parcel of the game". The seasoned football official and politician, who runs for the Nationalist Congress Party, has been invited by the FIFA Council to join its session at the end of the month in Kolkata as the U-17 World Cup culminates with the final at the Salt Lake Stadium.

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Sargent drew and converted a penalty kick just after the half-hour mark, while Durkin volleyed home the insurance strike six minutes into the second half off a corner kick that wasn't properly cleared. We had pressure in the first game and we gave the United States of America a very tough fight. "They (USA) will be strong in attack and we have to prepare to counter their attack".

45': Second half is underway.

The result was on expected lines, and the Portuguese acknowledged US's superiority, and the Indians' lack of experience at this level. Both teams will look to collect their first points of the tournament. And, the hosts nearly opened their scoreline in the 83rd minute with Anwar Ali's kick bouncing off the goal post. But the US needs to figure out how to play the ball into Sargent in the final third. Years of training, sacking of coaches, loads of money spent on publicity and facility upgrades, and the Indian under-17 football squad loses 0-3 to the USA. The score that day was not indicative of the way they play and compete.

The wishes of Indian football officials and players came true as thousands of football lovers thronged the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here to witness the world's most popular sport. The ball possession percentage may not mean much because USA scored thrice and missed as many times. But in this U-17 World Cup, the world governing body has put the restriction on it and people in the stadium missed that instrument. None of their predecessor senior teams had such luxury as they had to make do playing lowly club sides.