Puyol kicked off the ticket distribution ceremony as India enters the final phase of preparation for hosting the biggest football event in its history. Meanwhile, the Indian Colts are inspired to leave a mark in the tournament and they have kicked off a European tour to gain invaluable experience before the tournament kicks off. The entire nation was in jubilation as the India U-17 team got the better of Italy in a friendly.
The Azzurri were shocked by the Indian lads who came out flying off the blocks. While the nation is rejoicing the victory, we thought it would be apt to look at few of the results of Indian U17 team so far on their European tour.
Yaay ! We have beaten Italy. Congratulations to the under 17 @IndianFootball on the spectacular victory. Italy ki idli ban gayi !
India 2-0 Italy
The latest match ended in a historic win for the colts against the much fancied Azzurri. The win will serve as a confidence booster for the lads ahead of the world cup. The Indians were thoroughly dominant and looked good for more goals before the final whistle went off.
Dance the night away! A historic feat as #India U17s defeat #Italy U17 2-0. A historic feat for all #Indians. #BackTheBlue
India 1-1 Saint-Leu
This match was the dogfight between both the teams as the French-based outfit held on to a draw against the Indian Colts. It was a good performance from India.
India U-17 team draw with Saint Leu https://t.co/XCrVhLkttp @IndianFootball
India 1-2 Sporting Lisbon
The Portugal heavy weights were made to work for the win as the Indian colts showed grit and determination in the match. It was one of the highlights in what was a disappointing tour till that point.
India U-17 football team concede 1-2 defeat against Sporting Lisbon https://t.co/b8vCNnXBD3
India U17s Portugal Trips End with a 2-1 Loss against Sporting Club Portugal. The Highlight of the tour was a 2-2 draw against Benfica.
India 0-3 Benfica, India 2-2 Benfica
India played Benfica twice and was value for the money on both the occasions. The first leg ended 2-2 but it was the Indian Colts who were pushing for the winner in the last few minutes. The Portuguese club flexed their muscles to win convincingly the second time around.
SL Benfica 3-0 India U17: Colts show fight and desire despite going down https://t.co/8FAgsPnvXP https://t.co/ZRayrdGlP4
India 1-4 Estoril
It was yet another disappointing night in Portugal for the Indian U17 team. The colts were dominated for much of the contest and were left reeling by the time the full time whistle went off.
Portugal’s Estoril thrash India colts 4-1 in practice game https://t.co/W2mL4V8vg1
Belenenses 2-1 India
It was a frustrating evening for the Indian team as the Colts were leading for over 70 minutes but conceded two late goals to end on the losing side.
U17 World Cup – Belenenses U17 2-1 India U17 – Late Azuis surge leaves young Tigers winless in Portugal https://t.co/E8uKXuY5vY
India 1-2 Setubal
The Indian U17 team lost to Setubal in the Jose Mourinho Training centre in their first match of the tour. The Indian lads produced an excellent second half performance only to undone by a 85th minute goal for Setubal.
India U-17 #WorldCup team loses against #Portugal’s Vitoria de Setubal https://t.co/bJzschtto8 @TOISports #Indianfootball #soccer #football
The India colts have raised the level of optimism in the country and they will be fully aware of that. Luis Norton de Matos has helped shape up the team after the departure of Nicolai Adam. Indian colts will also participate in the prestigious Lazio cup and have matches against Portugal & PSG U17 team to look forward to.
These young cubs definitely have what it takes to leave their mark on the upcoming tournament. Back the blues.