India coach sheds light on performance against big teams

India coach Luis Norton de Matos today stated that India has showed that they can fight against big teams. India yesterday got defeated 1-2 to Colombia in a Group A encounter of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Colombian right winger Juan Penaloza had put Colombia ahead in the 49th minute. But the hosts fought back and equalized in the 82nd minute, through Jeakson Thounaojam, who marked India’s first ever goal at a FIFA World Cup.

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Matos further mentioned that “I am very proud of the team today. It was a fantastic game. I used to say that you always get a chance to win the game and today I felt that we could do that today. But they scored again and we lost the match in the end,” Matos said.

“But we showed that we can play at the same level of Colombia, one of the top South American teams. We gave a tough fight.” The Portuguese tactician also conceded that his wards were euphoric after the goal and it resulted in a lapse of concentration after which Colombia scored.

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“We had some moments where we lost our concentration. And (when Colombia scored the winner) that was one of those moments. Our boys’ euphoria probably led to that,” he said.