India's campaign comes to an end at Under-17 World Cup

Jeakson Singh Thanoujam

Jeakson Singh Thanoujam

The USA scored two more goals to inflict a 3-0 defeat on the Indians on their World Cup bow.

Elsewhere in that section, Colombia overcame US to claim second place based on their superior head-to-head record, with the two teams having finished level on points, goal difference and goals scored. However, there were some high points for the Indian Under-17 football team.

Ghana defeated India 4-0 in their third and final Group A encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Thursday to proceed to the second stage of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup.

Qualification for the knockouts seems hard but it's still possible only if India beat Ghana and U.S. beat Colombia in the final games. Hackworth's boys will have to wait for the other results to determine who make the four better third-placed teams. Their players are fast and strong and Ghana showed that tonight as well, ' De Matos said after the game.

The Americans' record can not be beaten by any of the other current third placed teams and they have therefore progressed as well. If he continues to develop at this rate, Dheeraj Moirangthem might well be the long-term successor to Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.

In their second group game, India were 1-0 down to Colombia but the hosts were looking to attack and the game looked far from over.

Substitute Charles Spragg headed home an Elijah Just cross to halve the deficit for New Zealand on 72 minutes.

India played their heart out in the first half but went a goal down after Ghana's skipper Ayiah found the back of the net in the 43rd minute. Drum beats, chants and even Mexican waves were regular occurrences at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which led to compliments not only from India coach Luis Norton de Matos, but also United States of America coach John Hackworth.

"I want to see the senior Indian team to play this team in an official competition!"

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