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What time does the live coverage of the India vs Colombia FIFA U-17 World Cup match start?
India plays Colombia on October 9 and Ghana on October 12.
Now comes Colombia. And maybe the slightest hint of progress? The crowd rose as the ball neared the post and then sank back into their seats seeing it sail perilously close to the crossbars. But it was a clumsy challenge from Jitendra Singh to U.S. skipper Josh Sargent in the 29th minute that forced referee to award first penalty of the game.
Meanwhile, coach Luis Norton de Matos said that it was a big moment for Indian football history and he was really excited to see how his team performs in the prestigious tournament. He has lessons for himself, too. "The eventual target is to secure progression to the next stage whilst taking one game at a time", he said. Second half substitute Caicedo had Colombia's best chance of the match in the 80th minute as he was sent free at the edge of the Ghana box but his low right-footed grounder beat the goalkeeper but went out inches off the left upright.
According to the coach, the events back in Catalonia where an independence referendum has caused political controversy, will not affect the team in anyway and they will concentrate totally on football. They won a free-kick at the edge of the box but Sargent hit straight at the wall, signaling that the match could be a hard 90 minutes for the Indian defence. "The team will give Colombia a run for their money". If they were overawed, the fears were dispelled after an agonising first quarter when they hardly touched the ball.
The coach admitted that he was no happy with the result against the USA. For now, at least.
It was Gulati who helped bring the World Cup to the United States in 1994, a major coup for the young man who was working as an assistant to the president at the federation.
End of first half- India 0- US 1 (Sargent 30' Pen).
The first match was played between South American giants Colombia and African powerhouse Ghana. One of their five wins was 3-0 over India in Mexico. "It will be a different setting altogether with different tactics and technicalities. It will be there against Colombia as well, but this time we are not looking to give a tough fight, we are looking to win". We must be focused and we can't make a small mistake also.
The Manipuri midfielder also admitted that besides the final pass, they had 3-4 chances to score but missed them and that the team should be more clinical in front of goal.