New Delhi: India lost 4-0 to Ghana at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday as they finished their Fifa Under-17 World Cup campaign with no points on board.
Ghana, by virtue of their victory, moved up to six points and finished level on points with US and Colombia after Los Cafeteros beat the Americans 3-1 in their final group stage match. India had one solitary goal courtesy Jeakson Singh to show for their tournament efforts while they let in nine goals.
The game started with Luis Norton de Matos making four changes to the team that lost 1-2 to Colombia. Jitendra Singh, Suresh Wangjam, Aniket Jadhav and Nongdamba Naorem all came in as Namit Deshpande, Abhijit Sarkar, Rahim Ali and Ninthoinganba Meetei dropped to the bench.
India started off with a 4-2-3-1 formation as de Matos chose his most attacking line-up so far, with Jeakson and captain Amarjit holding fort while Suresh was given the license to venture forward.
For the first 20 minutes, India tried to match Ghana’s pace as they had a few forays forward but the Ghanians’ physicality kept the Indian attackers at bay. Ghana were slowly growing into the game as Edward Arko-Mensah tried to catch Dheeraj out with his long rangers which were comfortably dealt with.
The crucial opening goal for Ghana came in the 43rd minute as Sadiq Ibrahim flashed past Sanjeev Stalin to fizz in a ball into the box which keeper Dheeraj Singh could only parry on to the path of Eric Ayiah, the Ghanaian captain who swept the ball high into the roof of the net.
It was 2-0 soon after half-time as Arko-Mensah ran free on the left-wing and cut it back for Ayiah, whose shot was pin-point and arrowed into the bottom-right corner of Dheeraj’s goal.
Amarjit, Aniket and Nong were all taken off as de Matos tried bringing on Rahim Ali, Lalengmawia and Ninthoi to change the game but it was opposition substitute Richard Danso who got the third goal, running onto a through ball and effortlessly stroking it past Dheeraj from the left side of the box.
It was another sub Emmanuel Toku who got the fourth and final goal as Ibrahim Sulley’s shot rebounded off the post and all Ghana’s no 10 had to do was to put the rebound in to complete India’s misery.
Ghana and Colombia qualify automatically for the knockouts while USA will likely progress as one of the lucky third placed teams.
The perpetual millennial quest for self-expression just got another boost
Making adulting in the new millennium easier, one step at a time.
Having come of age in the Age of the Internet, millennials had a rocky start to self-expression. Indeed, the internet allowed us to personalise things in unprecedented fashion and we really rose to the occasion. The learning curve to a straightforward firstname.surname@___mail.com email address was a long one, routed through cringeworthy e-mail ids like email@example.com. You know you had one - making a personalised e-mail id was a rite of passage for millennials after all.
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And with chat rooms, early millennials had found a way to communicate, with...interesting results. The oldest crop of millennials (30+ year olds) learnt to deal with the realities of adolescent life hunched behind anonymous accounts, spewing their teenage hormone-laden angst, passion and idealism to other anonymous accounts. Skater_chick could hide her ineptitude for skating behind a convincing username and a skateboard-peddling red-haired avatar, and you could declare your fantasies of world domination, armed with the assurance that no one would take you seriously.
With the rise of blogging, millennial individualism found a way to express itself to millions of people across the world. The verbosity of ‘intellectual’ millennials even shone through in their blog URLs and names. GirlWhoTravels could now opine on her adventures on the road to those who actually cared about such things. The blogger behind scentofpetunia.blogspot.com could choose to totally ignore petunias and no one would question why. It’s a tradition still being staunchly upheld on Tumblr. You’re not really a Tumblr(er?) if you haven’t been inspired to test your creative limits while crafting your blog URL. Fantasy literature and anime fandoms to pop-culture fanatics and pizza lovers- it’s where people of all leanings go to let their alter ego thrive.
Then of course social media became the new front of self-expression on the Internet. Back when social media was too much of a millennial thing for anyone to meddle with, avatars and usernames were a window into your personality and fantasies. Suddenly, it was cool to post emo quotes of Meredith Grey on Facebook and update the world on the picturesque breakfast you had (or not). Twitter upped the pressure by limiting expression to 140 characters (now 280-have you heard?) and the brevity translated to the Twitter handles as well. The trend of sarcasm-and-wit-laden handles is still alive well and has only gotten more sophisticated with time. The blogging platform Medium makes the best of Twitter intellect in longform. It’s here that even businesses have cool account names!
Self-expression on the Internet and the millennials’ love for the personalised and customised has indeed seen an interesting trajectory. Most millennial adolescents of yore though are now grownups, navigating an adulting crisis of mammoth proportions. How to wake up in time for classes, how to keep the boss happy, how to keep from going broke every month, how to deal with the new F-word – Finances! Don’t judge, finances can be stressful at the beginning of a career. Forget investments, loans and debts, even matters of simple money transactions are riddled with scary terms like beneficiaries, NEFT, IMPS, RTGS and more. Then there’s the quadruple checking to make sure you input the correct card, IFSC or account number. If this wasn’t stressful enough, there’s the long wait while the cheque is cleared or the fund transfer is credited. Doesn’t it make you wish there was a simpler way to deal with it all? If life could just be like…
Lo and behold, millennial prayers have been heard! Airtel Payments Bank, India’s first, has now integrated UPI on its digital platform, making banking over the phone easier than ever. Airtel Payments Bank UPI, or Unified Payment Interface, allows you to transfer funds and shop and pay bills instantly to anyone any time without the hassles of inputting any bank details – all through a unique Virtual Payment Address. In true millennial fashion, you can even create your own personalised UPI ID or Virtual Payment Address (VPA) with your name or number- like rhea@airtel or 9990011122@airtel. It’s the smartest, easiest and coolest way to pay, frankly, because you’re going to be the first person to actually make instant, costless payments, rather than claiming to do that and making people wait for hours.
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