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U-17 WC INDIA 2017: Colombia 2-1 India

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Angelica Greene | 10 October, 2017, 00:28

Penaloza broke the deadlock for Colombia in the second half, running into space and sending a curling ball inches above Indian goalkeeper Dheeraj Moirangthem to the far corner.

Anibal Vega was the hero for the South Americans, bagging a three-minute brace in the second half, which papered over a first-half nightmare for Alexis Duarte, who was unfortunate to score two own goal in a 14-minute stretch.

India chief coach Luis Norton de Matos said that his wards showed that they can compete against big teams as they went down fighting 1-2 to Colombia in a Group A encounter of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here on Monday.

Jeakson Thounaojam etched his name in India's football history in the 82nd minute when he headed in off a corner to become the first Indian to score at a FIFA World Cup at any age group.

The Amarjit Kiyam-led side, which lost their opening game 0-3 to the United States of America on October 6, will now face Ghana in the last Group A fixture on October 12.

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.

There was heightened activity in the Colombian box, with Ninthoinganba Meetei initiating surging runs down the right flank.

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

10′ Colombia held 80 per cent possession of the ball in the first ten minutes, though no goal was recorded from either side.

They should come up with an improved performance against a stronger Colombian unit.

"Both Colombia and U.S. coaches said we were a hard opponent for them and that is a testimony to how much we have improved as a team".

Penaloza eventually put Colombia ahead in the 51st minute.

India's number one goalkeeper, on this occasion, had no chance even though he had another brilliant night under the bar pulling off a couple incredible saves, showing nice anticipation.

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