India’s FIFA U-17 World Cup team plays 1-1 draw vs Chile in four-nation event
India’s FIFA U-17 World Cup side rode on forward Nongdamba Naorem’s late strike to hold Chile to a 1-1 draw in their last match at a four-nation tournament in Mexicofootball Updated: Aug 07, 2017 18:23 IST
In a morale-booster for the Indian team’s FIFA U-17 World Cup preparations, the Luis Norton de Matos-coached side on Sunday held Chile to a 1-1 draw in their last match at a four-nation tournament in Mexico City.
Having earlier lost to Mexico and Colombia by scorelines of 1-5 and 0-3, respectively, India managed to hold the Chileans to a draw despite going down to ten-man late in the game.
Chile took the lead in the 40th minute through a corner kick, but failed to extend their lead later in the game.
Forward Nongdamba Naorem scored in the 82nd minute to restore parity in the game, but India received a blow two minutes later when midfielder Aniket Jadhav was sent off.
Despite the red card, India held on to grab a 1-1 draw.
“Don’t take my word for this, take his. Chile coach Hernán Caputto: “India is a competitive team that will make the country proud”,” Javier Ceppi, the Tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the U-17 World Cup, later wrote on his Twitter account.
Don't take my word for this, take his. Chile coach Hernán Caputto: "India is a competitive team that will make the country proud"— Javier Ceppi (@JavierCeppi) August 7, 2017
India are scheduled to travel to Australia after the four-nation tournament, but the fate of the upcoming tour is still not certain following objection over weather conditions in the country by India U-17 head coach De Matos.