Ghana flex attacking muscle in opening win

Arnold Nichols
October 9, 2017

He stated that U.S. are far superior to India in nearly every department but there is a slim chance for them to expose the opposition's weakness which they would look to exploit. "So if we focus on that it'll be better". The first goal was not a mistake of our team, it was the mistake of the referee. "The strength of the Indian team is their collective ability to play football as a combined unit and we bank on that factor to help us win against Colombia".

"US as Ghana and Colombia are three teams of a higher level". Acosta's assist to Carleton late in the game was perhaps the best play of the entire game.

Mata, however, ended the game prematurely as he received a second yellow card for leading with an arm five minutes into second-half stoppage time. "We conceded a stupid goal in the first half", De Matos said during the post-match press conference on Friday.

All of the roster plays domestically in Colombia but some players can use this tournament to get exposure and move on to Europe or other South American teams.

The US dominated India in the first half but the Boys in Blue managed to create some chances in the final fifteen minutes.

Aniket Jadhav brushed aside the pressure factor and stated, "Pressure is always there when you play football".

Besides Dheeraj, USA coach Hackworth had praised the two central defenders Anwar Ali and Jitendra Singh for denying success to the US strikers for long periods of time.

Physically as well as technically, India lagged.

"It will be a big evening for India". Two of the goals they conceded against United States of America came off set pieces, while the third was scored on the counter.

Monday will be a different day with a different opponent, but the raids are likely to continue.

It was a defensive sloppiness on the part of the Colombians and their captain and center back Thomas Gutierrez allowed the low cross to go past him across the face of the goal for Ibrahim to fire home with a low shot. Ghana and Colombia will not and that should provide for a more open game and a situation where Acosta will be even more needed and valuable. The players were divided into groups of two and they were made to play short passes around a training dummy in order to improve their co-ordination on the field. Colombia, too, aren't far behind, having appeared in six editions of the tournament. They hustled and bustled their way to India with a last-ditch victory over continental rival Paraguay, but they will still be a handful for the Indians. The feat of playing in India's first-ever Federation Internationale de Football Association tournament should spur them to give more than a 100% on the field.

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