The Prime Minister also honoured some of India's footballing legends, which include P K Banerjee (who came in a wheelchair), Syed Nayeemuddin, I M Vijayan, Bhaichuing Bhutia, Sunil Chhetri and Bembem Devi.
Irrespective of how the hosts perform, the tournament is set to boost football in India.
The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup on Thursday blamed the facility owners of the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium for the mismanagement of some facilities on the opening day.
The FIFA U-17 World Championship is a competition that was inspired by the Lion City Cup.
Jitendra Singh ade a nervous start as he gave the ball away in his half consecutive moments. The American players began with a possessive match. Maybe India would have been better playing the first game of the day. It took them half an hour time to break the Indian defensive line. "We will work hard as we want to create history", he added. The opposition's striker, Joshua Sargent didn't miss the opportunity to score.
"We will try to give our hundred percent". We will play to win. "We will play to win", Matos said. He also gave an idea of how they approached the United States of America game saying that the team was set up to defend in their own half and attack on the counter. Indian coach himself looked frustrated by the Indian performance.
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.
A hint of bad luck put India two goals behind early in the second half. But India did not have defenders back to guard against a quick counterattack.
"All the games are different, we hope that tomorrow we can play with 12 players". Both the teams didn't meet before in any match and it is the first match they are playing. We won't disappoint you, we won't disappoint India.
India's Portuguese coach Luis Norton de Matos knows full well the impact this tournament will have on the development of Indian football. "From our side we have to ensure everything goes picture-perfect and we have had no major issues so far in the whole run-up to the tournament". "We've learnt that at this level we will have to pay even for the smallest mistakes".
"Winning and losing is part and parcel of the game".
The game was heading towards the end, but an attack by the U.S. successfully completed when Andrew Carleton scored the third goal in the 84th minute. In stead of getting disheartened by 2-0 deficit, India went all out in the remaining time pushing their much superior opponents in every department of the game.
No matter what the results turn out to be, the most important thing is that the tournament is expected to usher in a football craze which shall help to groom stars of tomorrow.
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