Ghana beat Colombia in FIFA U-17 World Cup opener

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Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has extended his best wishes to the Indian team ahead of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup that begins on Friday. It was a moment to proud of for India as they heard their national anthem first time in a Federation Internationale de Football Association elite tournament.

In the 33 minute the United States finally took the lead after Josh Sargent was brought down by India's Jitendra Singh. India will be playing all its Group Stage matches at the Nehru stadium in New Delhi. The Prime Minister welcomed all 24 participating teams in the country and gave them their best wishes.Mr Modi said, "I welcome all the teams participating in the Under-17 football World Cup and give them their best wishes".

"My players were shy at the beginning". As a result, the defenders will be able to stop them from crossing freely and unless fatigue plays a part, they will also dominate most of the aerial duels.

The Indian coach decided on a midriff-heavy 3-6-1 format, with only one striker in Abhijit Sarkar, while the usa started on 4-3-3.

India got another chance to open their account in the 82nd minute when Anwar Ali got some space near the second post to shoot home Komal's corner-kick.

The boys should treat each game as a story - goals scored and missed, penalties, red and yellow cards. "We have to be strong in defence", de Matos said.

A Local Organising Committee source said on the development: "We were informed by the Sports Ministry about the transference of about 26,000 tickets when the venue was shifted from Navi Mumbai to Delhi". They struggled to complete passes and ended up numerous times in giving away the ball to opponents. "We can't make any mistake and we have to keep a good pressure on them throughout", he added.

The Indian team looked unprepared for the opening game.

Colombia were doing most of the attacking in the first half and had more possession.

The Malians struck back within minutes as Hadji Drame controlled the ball on the edge of the area and blasted into the net. "Now that they have the first experience [of a match], perhaps they start the next game more confidently because they know what to expect". The team terms are followed by knockout round of successive matches where the winning team advances through the competition.

"You can't defend for the full 90 minutes". "We are going to fight for the any possibility to make something different [happen], to write history for Indian football. The win will propel them into round of 16 with a match to go", he said.

The U-17 World Cup hosting rights could not have come at a better time.

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