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Why it will be tough for India to beat USA

Why it will be tough for India to beat USA

They looked spent even before the first half had ended, unable to deal with the 37 degree heat in which the match had kicked off.

And, quiet rightly so, the ball thudding against the horizontal left Matos shattered. "I know the difference and all the gaps existing but now we are going to fight for a result", he told reporters before the pre-match press conference.

The game was heading towards the end, but an attack by the usa successfully completed when Andrew Carleton scored the third goal in the 84th minute. "I think we can play much better", USA coach John Hackworth said.

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.

The second half started on a speedy note as USA almost scored one more against India but the off-side flag went up in time. "At half-time, it was very much possible to overturn the game", he later said at the official presser. "That could have changed the complexion", he further added. "So we weren't nervous, we were excited to play our game. everyone told us the stadium would be nearly full and we should mentally prepare for the crowd.it was just as good as I expected".

"Of course there is this big problem of culture of not playing in such competitions". India which is hosting the mega event for the first time will be played in six different cities of the country. Post their semifinal finish in 2007, Ghana have not been at their best and have qualified only twice in their last seven attempts. They had won the tournament in 1991 and 1995.

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India head coach Luís Norton de Matos has vowed that his wards will fight like lions.

"This is the first time our players were playing in front of a crowd of 40,000 and that too, against a Team of the quality of US", he added.

"My players were shy at the beginning". Though he was once guilty of wasting a chance in the second half when his lob was off target.

India's first appearance in a major Federation Internationale de Football Association tournament was one to forget as they were comfortably beaten in their opening match of the Under-17 World Cup on home soil. U.S. coach John Hackworth admitted that a strong support could pose a different challenge for his team: "It is a really tough group and when I look across, playing the hosts in the opener in front of a large crowd on home soil is in itself a huge challenge". I am very excited. You need to play according to your strength and for us, the biggest strength is our organization.

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

The Turks had the better of the first half, with Ahmed Kutucu's headed goal from a corner putting them 1-0 in front.

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