ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE OPENING SET OF FIXTURES IN U17 FIFA WORLD CUP 2017
The auspicious season of one of the greatest International competition had pressed its start button as India host their first ever major footballing tournament on their soil. The long wait is finally over for world wide fans to support their dear nation and also witness the progress of the talented young jewels to leave their remarkable mark in the tournament’s greatest show.
To the sheer joy for the Fifa authorities and host nation India, World cup at the U17 level had started with expectations gaining right solutions. 43 goals had been scored in the opening 12 matches, goals flowing all over the country maintaining the intensity of one of World’s mega event. Nice to watch the youth prospects of the countries participating taking
the competition as the center stage to prove their immense skill and the maturity to play further on a higher level. In this 12 games played by the nation from classified groups by verbally and by action announced its success of the tournament. In Group E, we discover two high scoring games of the tournament so far with France routing their cousin nation New Caledonia 7-1 and Japan chopping down Honduras by striking their net six times.
Some nation also practised great discipline show including the game of Chile and England in which the three lions caused misery to the South American country by keeping a clean sheet in their 4-0 win.
Sadly for India, the host failed to add on their home soil advantage against a physical side of United States failing to recover from a 3-0 upset.
African nations once again unleash their power to renew their sparkling history in the competition with tournament debutant Niger creating history at Kochi registering their first ever win in the World cup finals of U17 level edge pasting Korea by 1-0. Ghana and Nigeria recorded first points on the board while Guinea and Mail left their nail beaten.
Amidst all these glowing moments, shadowy affairs of the game also made its path. Brutal tackles and rash challenges distorted the beautiful game for some instances in such a young age but at last magnificent contributions made it a part and parcel of the game and the stage which we all cheer for.
Here are all the stats from the opening 12 fixtures of the U17 World cup designed with goals and tough sacrifices:
On target: 136
Off target: 156
Yellow cards: 32
Red cards: 3
And here are the match facts:
Most goals scored(Nation): France (7) vs New Caledonia
Most goals scored (players): Nakamura (3) vs Honduras
Most conceded: New Caledonia (7) vs France
First scorer: Ahmed (Turkey) vs New Zealand
First booking (yellow and red both): Max Mata (New Zealand) vs Turkey
Least conceded- Ghana, Niger, England (0) all kept clean sheet in their respective games.