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FIFA U17 World Cup: What did India U17 Coach Matos say after the historic performance against Colombia?

[caption id="attachment_56080" align="aligncenter" width="580"]India U17 coach Luis Norton de Matos in the press conference today. | Image: XtraTime India U17 coach Luis Norton de Matos in the press conference today | Image: XtraTime[/caption]

Suman Chakravorty & Sabyasachi Bagchi, New Delhi: India U17 Head Coach Luis Norton de Matos takes pride after a historic performance of his boys against world football power-house Colombia in a nail-biting contest in front of a 47,000 strong crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium today. Matos confidently said, "We proved that we belong to this level."

After Jeakson Singh created history with the first ever goal scored by an Indian in a FIFA World Cup in their loss against Colombia, Luis Norton de Matos, Coach Indian U17 World Cup team said he “this team has a fantastic future”.

“I’ll go to sleep with the sentiment that we gave our everything. It was a dream six months ago that our team will perform at the same level as a South American side. Tonight our team proved that we can play at this level”, he stated at the post-match Press Conference.

“I’m frustrated today with the result. All the teams are saying it’s difficult to play against us but we need to have more consistency in the final third of the pitch”.

The way India conceded immediately after equalizing was disappointing to the Portuguese, “If we scored a goal first, we had a big chance to win the game. The problem was the euphoria and happiness after the goal led to the players to losing their concentration. It was like a dream for them and it’s a pity that we lost concentration and we could have had a 1-1 draw which is a fantastic result.”

“The work the goalkeeping coach has achieved is incredible. We conceded mostly from set-pieces in Mexico but all three goal-keepers have improved. But Dheeraj has been fantastic and has a bright future”, lavishing some praise on the goalie.

India Captain Amarjit Singh too got elated as his cousin brother scored India's first ever goal in a FIFA competition. The midfielder said, "It was a great moment to see your brother scoring the first ever goal in a FIFA World Cup. But disappointed to leave the field with a defeat after playing such football."

Meanwhile Colombian coach, Orlando Restrepo, congratulated ‘the coach and Indian players for their will power’.

“The last fifteen minutes was stressful especially when India scored. It was really very intense and we had to make a lot of tactical adjustments with the way India played tonight. Both their center backs were unbelievable at their job and had a very successful game”, he added.

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