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India failed to cause problems for opponents, says Luis Norton De Matos

09 October 2017

In the country's maiden appearance in any World Cup, India showed sparks in patches, but lagged way behind in class. They won a free-kick at the edge of the box but Sargent hit straight at the wall, signaling that the match could be a hard 90 minutes for the Indian defence.

And, quiet rightly so, the ball thudding against the horizontal left Matos shattered. There will be 60,000 people at the stadium, there will be people watching us on television also and we will fight and give our best and we will see what happens with the result later. As I had said, there is a big gap between us and other teams in our group.

"But the third goal is the punishment for us. They will also give us a tough physical fight but we are ready for it", Matos said on Sunday.

While 23 visiting teams had to qualify via a confederation-based qualifying round, India got a direct entry by virtue of being the host nation.

After a quite first half, Carleton came to life and was outstanding in the second half where he had a goal and should have had an assist. "At half-time, it was very much possible to overturn the game", he stated.

"The one thing that is important for us is that every game, we're going to learn", Matos said. "That could have changed the complexion", he further added.

"We started the game little bit shy because we lacked experience".

"USA played seven global games in the last two months as part of preparations". They are one of the favourites for the tournament.

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"Matos said India should look at the bigger picture".

"While it is the responsibility of each member association to ensure that their players meet the age requirements, FIFA has chose to conduct magnetic resonance imaging of the wrist at its U-17 competitions", said a FIFA spokesperson. The American players began with a possessive match.

Changing over, the Indian Colts attacked from the early minutes of the second half.

Goalkeeper Moirangthem Dheeraj Singh was one of the top performers in India's 0-3 thrashing by the United States but he was a disappointed man following the loss in the campaign opener of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup here.

India's number 6 was all praise for the defence a day after United States coach John Hackworth had commended India on their defensive organisation, "Our defence and goalkeeper were very well organised". I am very excited.

"We didn't play great, to be fair".

For India, Komal Thatal showed some artistry in the left flank but never really threatened USA defence.

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.

India failed to cause problems for opponents, says Luis Norton De Matos