Penaloza brace breaks Indian hearts in Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup

File image of Krasava The official ball of FIFA U-17 World Cup

File image of Krasava The official ball of FIFA U-17 World Cup

Had Abhijit Sarkar stayed calm and slotted the ball past goalkeeper Kevin Mier in the 16th minute instead of shooting at him, after ominously dancing his way inside the box, India could have even taken the lead.

"The boys were too excited after scoring the goal and that lapse of concentration was why we conceded a second time".

India played their second match of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup against Colombia and the Jawarharlal Nehru stadium lit up like a starry night.

It appeared India were headed for a draw when Jeakson Singh headed in off a corner, but the joy was short lived as Penaloza slammed the victor within a minute.

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.

It was a very different India that turned up after the 0 -3 loss to U.S. three nights ago.

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There was heightened activity in the Colombian box, with Ninthoinganba Meetei initiating surging runs down the right flank. This was in the in the beginning of the Group A match. The same is going to happen on Monday, October 9, where four matches are set to be played, with the focus on the home team, India, who will take on Colombia at JLN Stadium in Delhi. In the cut-throat world of global football, Colombia may be many, many rungs above India, but the host nation had the momentum on this night.

India came close again, closer would be appropriate, but Rahul Kanoly's volley thudded against the post instead of finding the back of the net. "(Turkey), Futebol Clube de Vizela (Portugal), US Soccer Federation (US) The national team always comes first and then it's personal ambition", Costa Rica captain Jose Alfaro told TOI.Alfaro had an evening to forget during the opening day's clash against Germany.

The two chances would haunt them for long.

Despite Ghana finding loopholes in their system through rigorous high pressing and catching them off guard on the counter, the 60-year-old coach with 25-years of team managing experience under his belt refused to abandon their football philosophy after just one failure.

Penaloza eventually put Colombia ahead in the 51st minute.

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