FIFA U17 World Cup : India Lost to Colombia by 2-1

Highlights:

  • India lost 2-1
  • Jeakson Singh scored the first goal for India at the WC
  • India sit bottom of the group with 0 points

 

A resilient Indian team put in a much-improved performance from their last match against the USA but that wasn’t enough to take them past the line as they went down fighting 2-1 to Colombian. Jeakson Singh wrote his name of the history books of Indian football as he scored for the hosts with a perfectly timed header. Despite the defeat, the performance of Indian team was filled with grit and great enthusiasm showed that India as a country has finally arrived on the world stage.

 

A jam-packed JLN stadium was the hosts for yesterday’s big match of the day as India took on Colombia. With both the teams having lost their first opening matches, this match was a must-win for both the sided who were in desperate need to rack up in the points in a difficult Group A. Colombia created attack after attack in an attempt to break past a well organised Indian team. India defended well to see out the first half and went into the break having almost taken the team. They were hit early on in the second half though as Juan Penaloza scored in the 49th minute to give the Colombians the lead.

 

The goal hardly dampened the Indian team’s spirit who looked a completely transformed side. Singh finally levelled the scoring via a beautiful header. Scenes of huge celebrations ensued with the faces of the fans. The celebrations were short-lived though as Penaloza scored in the 84th minute, only a minute after India had gotten theirs to given Colombia and the lead and an eventual 2-1 victory.

 

The match will always be remembered by the Indian supporters for the brave heartedness shown by their team on the pitch. India will take a hoard of positives with Dheeraj Singh proving to be a rock in goal for the second time in a row and Singh playing well going into their final match against Ghana.

 

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