05 October, New Delhi
Football minnows India stand on the cusp of history as the hosts are set to make their debut in a FIFA event against a formidable USA in a group match of the U-17 World Cup, which begins in New Delhi tomorrow. India qualified automatically for the event as hosts.
Man to man, USA are clearly the better team in the Group A match at the refurbished Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
The Indian team was assembled in just seven months by head coach Luis Norton de Matos who took over in March after the sacking off German Nicolai Adam.
Portuguese de Matos made several changes in the team, bringing in at least half a dozen players in key positions.
De Matos has indicated India cannot play an open game and his focus would be on strong defence and not to concede goals.
His strategy would be to rely on smooth and swift transitions from defence to offence and hit on the counter-attacks.
Match starts at 8pm.