India vs Ghana, U-17 World Cup Live: The match will be played at JLN Stadium, New Delhi. © Twitter


Their transformation from rank outsiders to valiant fighters drawing all-round praise, India face another test of character against former champions Ghana in their final group A game of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on October 12. Not many had given India any chance against Colombia after their 0-3 loss to United States in their opening match but the home side put up an inspired performance, showing that the country can compete against the best in the world. Coach Luis Norton de Matos’ defensive gameplan was executed to near perfection by his players against Colombia and the tournament debutants would have eked out a win had a bit of luck gone their way.

Catch live action and updates of the FIFA U-17 match between India and Ghana straight New Delhi:

18:20 IST: ‘Blue pilgrims’ fan section at the stadium.

18:08 IST: India skipper Amarjit SIngh Kiyam will have to lead the team from the front and display a gritty performance in order to make it through to the next round.

18:07 IST: Team India leaving for Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. 2 hours to kick off.

18:05 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the match between India and Ghana straight from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.

Colombia largely dominated the match but as de Matos later asserted, the outcome of that game could have been different had India taken the lead in the first half. It could have happened if Rahul Kannoly’s first half stoppage time volley had not hit the post. With the expectations now rising, de Matos and his boys would be aiming to show that the performance against Colombia was no fluke and they were worthy competitors in this global showpiece, where they were automatic qualifiers as hosts. But it will not be easy for them as Ghana are the most physical side in the group. No doubt, the two-time former champions Ghana will start as clear favourites in tomorrow’s final Group A match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

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