It will take some time to recover from the failure of Indian team at U-17 players. Coach Luis Norton de Matos offered a simple explanation for the rare brain freeze his team suffered. “Their dream just came true and they did not know how to control emotions immediately after that,” de Matos said. The ‘dream’ came true in the 82nd minute.
Sajeev Stalin swung in a corner. Jeakson Thounaojam snuck between the two tall Columbian defenders,leapt over them and nodded it past goalkeeper Kevin Mier. The net bulged and decibels soared. Just like that, there was an Indian goal at the Under-17 world cup. An emotionally charged night just went a little more out of control.
In India’s case the players were still celebrating Jeakson’s equiliser when Colombia dashed forward straight from the restart. Juan Penaloza took advantage of central-defender Anwar Ali being out of position, calmly controlled a through ball and slotted it past Dheeraj. There was’nt going to be another comeback. Not just because they were exhausted physically. But that had been an emotionally draining night for this bunch of millennials.