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We have to be on our toes throughout and have to focus on the task at hand. "We conceded a stupid goal in the first half", De Matos said during the post-match press conference on Friday.

De Matos said his boys will learn from the mistakes committed against U.S. and emerge stronger. "We will fight to win each match even if there is only five percent chance of winning". The Colombians favoured the 4-2-3-1 formation against Ghana and considering India's defensive tactics, they will be looking to switch to a more aggressive 4-3-3 with Leandro Campaz dictating play from the left flank.

"We didn't play great, to be fair". It has been a long time getting to this stage but I believe every good thing takes time before yielding results.

FOR THE FIRST TIME since the loss to US, a member of India's U-17 squad faced the media and addressed the game, as well as the plan for the upcoming games.

But, Friday is all about the fact that an Indian team is playing the World Cup for the first time ever.

Meanwhile, the players are all geared up for the next challenge. Perhaps playing the part of a polite guest, Colombia coach Orlando Restrepo demurred on his side's prospects for the game.

A Local Organising Committee source said on the development: "We were informed by the Sports Ministry about the transference of about 26,000 tickets when the venue was shifted from Navi Mumbai to Delhi. I am proud of their performance", remarked the All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel.

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

"We had a nervy start against USA. We must play with our stronger points and I feel, the team-organisation is best right now". In the country's maiden appearance in any World Cup game, India got a taste of the cut-throat world of worldwide football as they were blanked 3-0 by the US in the tournament's opening night at a almost packed stadium.

20': No goals so far, but both the teams have showed some fighting effort.

"At the same time, we have huge respect for Colombia".

The country's under-17 teams had enjoyed its best period during the 1990s, lifting the trophy in 1991 (Italy) and 1995 (Ecuador). "But this is a matter of survival for us and we will do everything to be in contention of progression".

Although other nations would clearly have better experienced and talented players, the FIFA World Cup is an excellent way India can make its presence felt in the field of football as well as provide exposure and experience to its young football stars.

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