Host India Crashes as Ghana, Colombia, Mali Cruise

Angelica Greene
October 14, 2017

In the last minutes of the first half, Ghana skipper Eric Aiyah succeeded in breaching Indian defence and scored the first goal of the match.

Ghana, USA and Columbia have secured qualification for the next round with Ghana being Group A toppers followed by Colombia, who beat USA 3-1 to finish at second position.

The FIFA U-17 World Cup matches will be telecast LIVE on SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 2 HD, SONY ESPN, SONY ESPN HD, SONY TEN 3 and SONY TEN 3 HD, DD Sports (only on cable), while live streaming is available on Sonyliv.

With Colombia giving a tough fight to Ghana and losing only 1-0, many had expected India to roll over.

Pointing out that the standard of the U-17 World Cup is far higher than the I-League and the Indian Super League (ISL), he said his boys have taken away valuable lessons from the tournament which will stand them in good stead when they represent the country at senior level.

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India produced a display of grit and strength and scored its first Federation Internationale de Football Association U17 World Cup goal, courtesy of a Jeakson bullet header. Goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh impressed once again with his saves.

John Hackworth's side is on to the knockout stage of the U-17 World Cup, but as a third-place finisher and not a group victor after a 3-1 loss to Colombia in India on Thursday.

For Acosta, the goal struck home, as his father is Colombian.

India's Suresh Wangjam (left) vies for the ball with a Ghana player during their U-17 World Cup match in New Delhi yesterday.

Fans turned up in numbers during India's FIFA U-17 World Cup matches and Delhi is not exactly a football-loving city. For me it's simple: I knew the third game was going to be the hardest. Given their age and the lack of grassroot development of the sport in India, they needed this experience just to learn what it is like to play against the world's best. They might have lost all their games, but they undoubtedly learned more in defeat than they would have in victory.

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