While India went down 0-3 to US in their first group stage match, Group A also saw Ghana take the early initiative through Sadiq Ibrahim's 39th minute strike as they downed Colombia 1-0 in the first match on Friday in New Delhi at the Fifa Under 17 World Cup.
A scoreless first half did not lack for quality or action between the two sides.
Second half substitute Caicedo had Colombia's best chance of the match in the 80th minute as he was sent free at the edge of the Ghana box but his low right-footed grounder beat the goalkeeper but went out inches off the left upright.
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If they do prove to be ahead of schedule, many in the organization will deserve credit, from coach Doug Pederson on down. Jim Schwartz's defense has held it together despite dealing with key injuries and working with inexperienced corners.
When asked if the team learned anything from that outing, Matos said: "Every match is a new match as every day is a new day and playing in a FIFA World Cup is a different challenge for both teams as compared with a friendly match". The other team in the group is Colombia, who were scheduled to play the hosts India in the second match in Delhi, starting at 8 p.m.
Both teams now have three points after winning their opening games but the U.S. sits on top of the Group A standings on account of their superior goal difference. India were in with a chance as long they maintained their concentration and shape. The ball wobbled out of the gloves but captain Eric Ayiah was slow to react. They controlled the midfield well.
Akinola, a Detroit native, entered in the 63rd minute and scored off a pass from Chris Goslin, beating onrushing goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim. His counterpart at the other end, Justin Garces, also had to be on his toes in the later stages of the opening 45 minutes as Ghana was able to fight back into the game, but the USA 'keeper and defense did well to limit the Black Sarlets to mostly speculative, long-range efforts. Ghana's dominance could be gauged from the the numerous attempts at goal. Emmanuel Toku hit the side netting on the right but eventually the United States managed to hold on to their slim one-goal advantage.