India to face Colombia in a do or die match tonight

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The Portuguese tactician, who looked like a relieved man after India's performance, said that it was the inexperience of the Indian players that led to conceding the second goal of Colombia within minutes of India restoring parity.

India will face Colombia tonight at 8 pm at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. "But, we proved today we can play at this level and I am proud of the commitment the players showed on the pitch", Matos told the post-match press conference.

For India, Jeakson Thounaojam (82nd minute) scored the lone and first ever goal at a FIFA World Cup.

In their opening encounter on Friday, India lost 0-3 to a much experienced opponent the US.

Colombian coach Orlando Restrepo said they have put behind their defeat to Ghana and that his boys are going to be competitive against India.

There was heightened activity in the Colombian box, with Ninthoinganba Meetei initiating surging runs down the right flank, each steps raising hopes for the improbable.


The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup on Thursday blamed the facility owners of the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium for the mismanagement of some facilities on the opening day.

But, to the disappointment of the thousands occupying the stands, Abhijeet Sarkar, having found a clear view of the goal, shot over.

A pulsating first half at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium saw India come within inches of breaking the deadlock. In the cut-throat world of global football, Colombia may be many, many rungs above India, but the host nation had the momentum on this night. "The gap is big, big for sure", he said before continuing, "Some of the Colombian players play in the first league in Colombia".

"We had a plan before the game and we stuck to it", de Matos said.

Dheeraj, on this occasion, had no chance even though he had another brilliant night under the bar pulling off a couple of fine saves, showing nice anticipation. India had taken one shot off-target while Colombia took five.

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