India lost to USA in their Group A opener of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in New Delhi today. This was India’s first ever match at this stage. Get highlights of India vs USA here.(HT Photo)
India lost to USA in their Group A opener of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in New Delhi today. This was India’s first ever match at this stage. Get highlights of India vs USA here.(HT Photo)

India vs USA, FIFA U-17 World Cup, highlights: IND lose 0-3 to USA

Josh Sargent, Chris Durkin and Andrew Carleton helped United States of America beat India 3-0 in their FIFA U-17 World Cup Group A opener at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium today. Get highlights of India vs USA here.
By Sandip Sikdar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2017 10:10 PM IST

Three goals from Josh Sargent, Chris Durkin and Andrew Carleton helped the United States of America defeat hosts India 3-0 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi today. The Indian team tried hard and even came close to scoring a goal but they were outplayed by superior opponents. The host team has set a benchmark regardless of the result in the FIFA U-17 World Cup Group A fixture tonight. It is the first time the cricket-crazy country of 1.2 billion is playing in a FIFA World Cup game at any level of football. The hosts also displayed brilliant football in the first half against USA, who have participated in 15 of the 16 editions of FIFA U-17 World Cup. Get highlights of India vs USA here. (LIVE STREAMING INFO) | PARAGUAY vs MALI

22:00 hrs IST: Thank you guys for joining in. Hope you enjoyed the coverage.

21:55 hrs IST: FT: India 0-3 USA. A spirited performance wasn’t enough to see India get a win.

21:52 hrs IST: Time is up and India have lost 0-3 vs USA

21:50 hrs IST: Three minutes of added extra time

21:49 hrs IST: USA substitution: Andre Carleton comes off for Indiana Vassilev.

21:48 hrs IST: We are moments away from close now

21:44 hrs IST: USA 3-0 now!

21:43 hrs IST: Goal for USA. After a swift counter attack, Andrew Carleton converts the third goal home from close range. 

21:42 hrs IST: ALMOST! After winning a corner, India hit the bar.

21:41 hrs IST: USA have eased down now. They are more or less playing a passing game now

21:38 hrs IST: We are in the last 10 minutes of the game

21:35 hrs IST: Some 13 minutes left to play in this match

21:30 hrs IST: India are attacking well, forcing USA on the backfoot. Even a consolation goal would be just reward for the shift these boys have put in

21:28 hrs IST: Double substitution for India: Abhijit Sarkar off for Rahim Ali, Naorem on for Meetei

21:26 hrs IST: USA substitution: George Acosta on for Akinola.

21:24 hrs IST: Chance! Anwar Ali gets a shot at a header but misses.

21:19 hrs IST: Ayo Akinola goes one on one with the Indian keeper but his cheeky attempt at a chip goes nowhere

21:16 hrs IST: That was the first real chance India had in this game

21:15 hrs IST: What a chance! Komal Thatal goes one on one with the keeper but his shot is tantalisingly over the bar.

21:14 hrs IST: Tim Weah has a goal ruled out for offside.

21:13 hrs IST: Chris Durkin was the end of a measured corner and his powerful shot proved too much for the keeper

21:12 hrs IST: Chris Durkin has extended USA’s lead in the 51st minute

21:10 hrs IST: USA have scored! It is 2-0! Chris Durkin puts it in

21:05 hrs IST: Oooh! USA almost scored again! Or was that off-side

21:03 hrs IST: And second half is underway!

20:50 hrs IST: Take a break. We will be back in some time

20:47 hrs IST: Halftime: India 0-1 USA. Josh Sargent’s penalty kick separates the two sides at the break.

20:46 hrs IST: One minute of added time

20:44 hrs IST: Aniket Jadhav gets India’s first shot on target, but the effort is a tame one and trickles into the hands of USA goalkeeper Justin Garces.

20:42 hrs IST: India must do more to make this passage of play count

20:41 hrs IST: USA, having scored, are content to sit back and let India come at them

20:36 hrs IST: India are putting together nice passages of play but once again it is the final ball letting them down

20:33 hrs IST: Amazingly, the goal has made the crowd rally behind the home team even more. This is exactly what they need if they are to pull of the improbable and get a result here.

20:32 hrs IST: And Josh Sargent duly converts the spot kick. USA take a 1-0 lead

20:31 hrs IST: Penalty to USA after Josh Sargent was tripped by Jitendra Singh

20:30 hrs IST: This has been a brilliant show from the Indian team so far! Score still 0-0

20:28 hrs IST: India won a corner and although nothing came from it, it has further galvanised the crowd. Chants of “India, India” continue to come out from the capacity crowd

20:25 hrs IST: The crowd are now doing a Mexican wave! The atmosphere continues to remain an intimidating one

20:24 hrs IST: Nothing comes from the corner and India are quietly growing in confidence. USA need an early goal to maybe kill the momentum.

20:21 hrs IST: Rahul Kannoly makes a last-ditch tackle to deny Tim Weah a chance to cross. Corner to USA.

20:18 hrs IST: Tempo of the game has gone down a bit. India are growing into the game but will need to improve their final ball if they are to trouble the US defence

20:14 hrs IST: India beginning to find their groove a bit now, but the passing needs to be more crisp.

20:13 hrs IST: The wall saves it for India! The score is 0-0 in the 11th minute

20:12 hrs IST: Crowd boos as USA are - correctly - awarded a free-kick. The crowd has been great so far; can they power India to an unexpected win?

20:10 hrs IST: Luis Norton de Matos is an animated figure on the touchline, directing his troops as they see out wave after wave of attacks from the USA.

20:08 hrs IST: Tim Weah of USA with a speculative effort from the left wing which trickles wide. It’s been all USA so far in attack.

20:05 hrs IST: Chance for USA! Dheeraj Moirangthem stands tall to deny a certain goal scoring chance.

20:04 hrs IST: India sitting deep for now, which was expected given the defensive nature of their line-up. Counter-attacks will be key.

20:02 hrs IST: And a free-kick for India on the halfway line. Crowd responding to every touch made by the home nation.

20:00 hrs IST: USA to kick things off. And we’re underway!

19:59 hrs IST: Crowd reaches a fever pitch at the end of the Indian national anthem. Surely this will be very intimidating for the Americans

19:58 hrs IST: As Narendra Modi shakes hands with both players, loud chants of “India, India” break out again

19:57 hrs IST: Prime Minister Narendra Modi emerges on the field to wish both teams luck

19:56 hrs IST: Both teams emerge to massive cheers, they will now line up for the national anthems.

19:55 hrs IST: USA and India flags are out now. Teams to emerge soon.

19:54 hrs IST: Chants of “India, India” ring out as FIFA mascots emerge with FIFA and World Cup logos

19:52 hrs IST: Atmosphere at the is absolutely electric at this point.

19:50 hrs IST: And this is what India coach thinks ahead of India’s campaign at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

19:46 hrs IST: India may be hosting a FIFA event for the first time but will the poor air quality affect the games?

19:43 hrs IST: Here is Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and other cricketers wishing the Indian team in advance

19:40 hrs IST: Meanwhile, read FIFA U-17 World Cup puts India on the footballing world map

19:35 hrs IST: India will play all their group matches at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi

19:32 hrs IST:India have been grouped with USA, Ghana and Colombia in Pool A

19:27 hrs IST: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is at the stadium along with sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and All India Football Federation president Praful Patel

19:25 hrs IST: India will open against USA and the match will be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi

19:23 hrs IST: That moment has finally come! India will playing their first FIFA World Cup match, irrespective of the category, a few moments from now

19:20 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the India vs United States of America blog

Luis Norton de Matos, who took over as head coach in March to replace Nicolai Adam, is among those calling for patience as his lineup takes “a first step for the future” of the game in India. In the first of their three group games in the capital, India will play a US team featuring Tim Weah, the son of the 1995 world player of the year, George Weah of Liberia, who played for PSG, AC Milan and Monaco during his career.

Games against Colombia and two-time champion Ghana follow.

“There is a gap between India and the other teams, say from Europe and South America,” de Matos said before the tournament started. “So, I don’t think much about the results and chances but I know my players will give their best. I see this World Cup as a step forward for the future ... India can build on this experience.”

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