Colombia Boss brimming with delight while Matos mourns “lapse of concentration”
Well 9th October,2017 could not have been more ironical for the nation as the climax was pretty tragic to say the least. Colombia edged past the U-17 blue colts by a late strike from their star winger Penaloza, who snatched the victory barely seconds after the whole nation stood on its feet to celebrate its maiden goal in any FIFA World Cup tournament.
With emotions running high throughout the entire match, not for once did the hosts seemed to lose the plot even after conceding an early goal right at the beginning of the second half. They did not let their heads drop and kept pushing and eventually did manage to score from a corner via Jeakson Singh Thaunaojam .But to the sheer agony of 1.2 billion people in this country, it lasted only few seconds before Colombia scoring from a misunderstanding between Anwar Ali and Namit Deshpande and all hopes of scoring the first points on the table just got evaporated.
Here is what the two respective coaches had to say in their post match interviews :
Orlando Restrepo : “After seeing the USA game honestly I did expect them(India) to be a tough nut to crack and they exactly did that. They showed strong resilience and with the crowd at their side things were never going to be easy. The atmosphere was much more intense than our previous match against Ghana . They took the game to us and this is how it is supposed to be but we showed great professionalism and composure in front of goal and this has led to our walking away with full three points. Penaloza was exceptional today.”
When asked about which players in the opponent team caught his eye, Restrepo instantly replied “ The two centre backs looked to be the most promising and I can name a few as well but Anwar Ali and Namit were really exceptional today. They made some fine tackles in the first half and were mostly spot on throughout the entire game. Congrats to the coach for the way he has trained these lads”
Norton de Matos : “We could have come out victorious if we had converted our first half chances. Sport is a great leveller and football can be brutal at times. I think today we witnessed one such fine example one slightest lapse of concentration and bang the other team can make you pay very heavily. It is by no means over till the final whistle is blown. Classic scenario of so near yet so far for us. Luck has also played its part quite a bit. This has happened twice in two matches that we have hit the crossbar at crucial stages of the game. Yes we created history today but we deserved more. The boys gave it their all to create something worth remembering and very nearly made it.”
On asking whether he will be able to sleep properly tonight Matos replied, “O yes I should. These lads have given me and this whole country enough reasons to be proud of and dream big. The sentiment, grit and attitude shown by my boys on the pitch was truly exceptional. Three days rest ahead of us, so hopefully everyone will be up and running before the Ghana match on Friday ” as he signed off.