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Source: India Today
FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup: India to take on USA in the competition opener
By India Today Web Desk: India will lock horns with USA in the opening match of the FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup at the Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneswar. India has been placed alongside USA, Brazil and Morocco in Group-A of the competition.
This is the first time India is hosting a Women's World Cup at any age level. The competition will be played across Bhubaneswar, Goa and Navi Mumbai. India had booked an automatic berth in the Under-17 World Cup and will be one of the three debutants in the tournament along with Morocco and Tanzania.
Speaking ahead of India's opening match at the Under-17 Women's World Cup, head coach Thomas Dennerby said even though USA are favorites on paper, India has a chance to get points against them.
"USA are the favourites against us, no doubt about that. But that is on paper and football is played on a pitch for 90 to 95 minutes. We feel that we also have a chance to get points against USA," Dennerby said at the pre-match press conference.
The head coach went on to say that the team has prepared hard for the tournament and reaching the quarter-finals will be a huge achievement for the team.
"We have prepared well since February and the players are ready for the tournament. Reaching the quarterfinals will be a huge achievement but we are currently focused on Tuesday's match," Dennerby added.
India's match against USA will kick-off at 8PM IST and will be broadcast live on Sports 18 and Sports 18 HD in India. The matches can also be live streamed on the Voot Select app.
Goalkeepers: Monalisha Devi Moirangthem, Melody Chanu Keisham, Anjali Munda.
Defenders: Astam Oraon, Kajal, Naketa, Purnima Kumari, Varshika, Shilky Devi Hemam.
Midfielders: Babina Devi Lisham, Nitu Linda, Shailja, Shubhangi Singh.
Forwards: Anita Kumari, Lynda Kom Serto, Neha, Rejiya Devi Laishram, Shelia Devi Loktongbam, Kajol Hubert Dsouza, Lavanya Upadhyay, Sudha Ankita Tirkey.