Penaloza brace breaks Indian hearts in Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup
Oct 10 2017
"We know that there were issues with the distribution of water for the first match day of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup India 2017 in New Delhi".
Both India and Colombia were looking to find their first victory in the tournament, after losing to the USA and Ghana respectively in their initial fixtures.
The telling moment of the half was, however, reserved for last when India were stopped by the post, Rahul Kannoly's rasping left footed volley brushing the outside of the post in the closing seconds of the first half.
India scored when Jeakson, the tallest player in the side, headed in a Sanjeev Stalin corner, sending the whole stadium into a state of delirium. "But, we proved today we can play at this level and I am proud of the commitment the players showed on the pitch", Matos told the post-match press conference.
"In the first match against US also (in which India lost 0-3), the ball hit the post and on the counter they (USA) scored".
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.
"India were very organised at the back against the U.S., they conceded an unfortunate penalty otherwise they would have made things more hard for the US", said Restrepo before Colombia's practice session on Friday. And they used it to rattle the Colombians on a few occasions. With both teams failing to break the deadlock, India went into the breather with their heads held high, but bemoaning their luck.
It was Juan Penaloza who put Colombia ahead in the 51st minute.
The two chances would haunt them for long.
The assist was made by captain Thomas Gutierrez, and as the ball found the back of the net, the Latin Americans ran towards their dugout and celebrated.
In the 15th minute, forward Abhijit Sarkar got the first chance for India from the box, but the close-range shot was prevented by Colombian goalkeeper Kevin Mier.