FIFA U17 World cup is creating history with each passing match day and also receiving lots of praise from the visiting teams for the atmosphere Indians have built in every match. But, tonight the atmosphere at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi is going to be the best of the tournament so far because India is taking on Colombia in a must win game to save their hopes of reaching to the knockout stages of the FIFA U17 world cup.
India lost their opening match against the mighty and tournament favorites USA by a margin of 4-0 but the people who have seen them play and watched the match carefully can easily say that India kept USA in their pocket for most of the match. USA got the result they wanted and also the score line they dreamed of but the superiority which everyone has expected from the Americans wasn’t there because Indian team gave everything they had on that day.
But, luck wasn’t with them on that day and also the pressure of playing for the very first time in front of Indian supporters in such a big number on the biggest platform of FIFA U17 world cup surely made them nervous and forced some silly mistakes from them.
But, now they’re familiar with the pressure and know that a win against Colombia can put them in a very safe place in terms of getting out of the group because their last match is against Ghana and they’re one of the toughest teams to play against in this year’s FIFA U17 World cup.
Indian team showed glimpses of their magnificent play but lacked attacking intent as Aniket Jadhav couldn’t able to show his potential because of no service from the midfield. Thus, this time Indian team should be more brave in possession but also very alert on the counter because it’s also a must win game for Colombians.
Colombia is a team who likes to attack from the back with some quick passing from the wings also their physicality can be a big plus point for them against the Indians who are small in size. Colombia was completely outclassed by Ghana in their opening fixture and no wonder they will be in full throttle for this one to reach into the knockout of FIFA U17 world Cup.
Possible Colombian line-up:
Mier (Goalkeeper), Penaloza, Gutierrez, Cifuentes, Mejia, Martinez, Perea, Meneses, Caicedo, Campaz and Cortes.
Possible Indian line-ups:
Dheeraj (Goalkeeper), Boris, Jitendra, Anwar, Sanjeev, Rahul KP, Amarjit, Suresh, Nongdamba, Thatal and Aniket.
Indian side will have their work cut out against the Latin American side, but the nation will once again glue its eyes on the television screen hoping for a miraculous performance from their boys. Hope more and more crowd will come for first crucial match of FIFA U17 World cup.
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