The Indian government had provided 27,000 free tickets to school students to watch Indian players perform on the first day of Under 17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. But India failed to cross the hurdle of the United States as they lost their opening encounter by 3-0.
The Indian government gave 27,000 tickets of the opening day of the Under 17 World Cup to the kids. For the match, they came wearing the uniform in blue T-shirts to cheer their team.
"We have given away 27,000 tickets to schools around the Delhi region and will also provide pick and drop facility. It will be embarrassing for us if the stadium looks empty," an organizing committee member told AFP
Despite putting up a brilliant performance, India went down 3-0 to the United States their first group match. Apart from India and USA, Colombia and Ghana’s team were also present at the stadium as they played the opening encounter. School children and local fans cheered as two-time champions Ghana edged past Colombia 1-0 and Ghana’s Sadiq Ibrahim became the first scorer of the tournament.