India vs USA, U-17 Football World Cup Live score: Amarjit Singh Kiyam-led India will look to get a good start to their campaign against USA at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.
India stand on the cusp of history as the hosts are set to make their debut in a FIFA event when they face a formidable USA team in a group match of the 2017 U-17 World Cup, which begins on Friday. India qualified automatically for the event as hosts. They have prepared well with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) sending the players for training tours in Europe and to a tournament in Mexico but the hosts are the clear underdogs. Known for their man-to-man marking, USA are the clear favourites in the Group A match at the refurbished Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Most of the American players are part of Major League Soccer (MLS) youth teams and a couple of them are set to play in top European clubs as well.
19:30 IST: Indian footballers, past and present, being felicitated by the Prime Minister.
19:25 IST: PM Narendra Modi, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and AIFF head exchange the pleasantries with FIFA officials before the start of the match between India and USA.
18:40 IST: India supporters flock to the stadium to support the Blue Cubs.
18:33 IST: Captain Amarjit Singh's message for the supporters before the start of play.
18:31 IST: India are all set to script history when they take on USA in the first match of their first ever World Cup across all age groups.
18:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the FIFA U-17 World Cup match between India and USA straight from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.
India would enjoy the home advantage and captain Amarjit Singh and his team-mates have promised to be competitive at the showpiece event. The feat of playing in India's first-ever FIFA tournament should spur them and bring out their best. They will also be the first Indian players to feature in any World Cup. Moreover, 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.