7:00 PM: Hello everyone and welcome to Khel Now’s LIVE COVERAGE of the India vs USA match in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022. The kick-off is just an hour away! I’m your host Aishwarya Chakraborty, and I’ll be keeping you company through what promises a fascinating evening of football. Please wait for 30 Seconds for the Live blog to load.

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India vs USA: Build-up

After facing a wave of ups and downs in the last few months or so, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has successfully managed to get the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in place. The high profile tourney will be played across three venues namely Bhubaneshwar, Goa and Navi Mumbai. India, who are grouped alongside Morocco, USA and Brazil will play their games at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. A sense of fresh air filled with excitement and nervousness can be well sensed in Bhubaneshwar as the city gears up to host the Group A fixtures of the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. 

The Stakes

The young Blue Tigresses come into the tournament on the back of a long preparation since the start of the calendar year filled with multiple exposure tours. Thomas Dennerby‘s side played friendlies against Sweden and WSS Barcelona Club before landing in Bhubaneswar. 

The girls were handed a 3-1 defeat to Sweden before claiming a statement 17-1 win over the WSS Barcelona Club. Although India’s build-up to the tournament has been filled with contrasting results, the girls are high on confidence and will surely put up a strong fight.

The USA are undoubtedly one of the favorites to not just top their group, but also to win the World Cup. They sealed qualification to the tournament after lifting their fifth CONCACAF U-17 Championship. They scored 58 goals and conceded just one throughout the campaign.

Their CONCACAF U-17 triumph was nothing less than a statement of intent to the other nations at the World Cup. Natalia Astrain’s side have already made their intentions clear before coming into the tournament and will want to continue their fine run of form.

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