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India U-17 are a very competitive side: Chile coach Hernan Caputto

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The Indian U-17 National Football team recently drew a game against Chile but lost to Mexico and US, which looked as good preparation for the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in October.

Following ten-man Indian U-17 World Cup Squad’s 1-1 draw against Chile U-17s in the last match of the Four-National Tournament held in Mexico City, Mexico on August 06, 2017, Chile’s Head Coach Hernan Caputto lavished heavy praise on the Indian Colts.

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“India is a very competitive team. Its coach Luis Norton de Matos has given the team an interesting model of play, with players that are fast and technically sound. It was a very difficult match, the way India approached the match was very interesting”, Caputto said.

“We started 1-0, we had some chances, but India came out and started putting pressure on us with very fast transitions and in a counterattack, they scored.”

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Chile had taken the lead in the 40th minute but Nongdamba Naorem’s 82nd-minute strike equalized proceedings. Shortly after, Aniket was sent off in the 84th minute. Despite being, a man down the Indian Colts pressed for the decisive goal but could not find any as the full-time scoreline read 1-1.

“It was deserving, India is a team that will compete and will make their country proud, you can tell there is a lot of work from Luis and what he has achieved with the players”, Caputto concluded.

Published: Tue Aug 08, 2017 03:04 PM IST

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