The move to make four changes by coach Luis Norton de Matos proved to be a wise one as the taller Indian players ensured they were equal to the task, when it came to the aerial battle against the well-built Colombians. "As a coach, I would not like to lose".
When pointed that Colombia struggled in the second half against Ghana, Restrepo said: "It does take time to adapt, every match is different". Ghana remained on three points after two matches with their 1-0 win over Colombia on the opening day of the tournament and will face India in their final group match. The Twitter users exploded in jubilation on his goal and gave the young player a hero's welcome. Keeping in mind the performance of the Indian team in the second half, Matos said, "We are going to fight for a result".
"I don't like giving excuses of the referees but I understand the angle they have can be wrong for him, his vision", he later elaborated his views. "The gap is big, big for sure", he said before continuing, "Some of the Colombian players play in the first league in Colombia".
Down by a goal in this crucial encounter, India looked eager to respond as Meetei delivered a cross from the right flank, only to find Rahul Kanoly's shot wide off the target.
"India were very organised at the back against the U.S., they conceded an unfortunate penalty otherwise they would have made things more hard for the US", said Restrepo before Colombia's practice session on Friday.
India vs Colombia Live streaming: Indian football team posing for the team photo. "They score through corners", he said.
"We are more concentrating on playing a fair and good game". "We must lead with our strongest points and our strongest points in this moment is our wingers", he concluded.
India faced its second consecutive defeat in the ongoing Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup after going down 1-2 to Colombia in an entertaining Group A encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Monday evening.