However, if US win by 3-0 against Colombia and the young Indian boys win 2-0, India will jump to the No. 2 position and will automatically qualify for the knockouts. There are many similar points with Colombia - the two wingers are strong and can decide the game.
At 8 pm IST: Group A; Ghana vs India and US vs Colombia. "We have the utmost respect for our opponents but we will give them a very tough fight, even tougher than what we gave Colombia".
Further, USA needs beat Colombia in their final encounter to give India a chance to reach the knockout stage. "His participation in tomorrow's match is doubtful", Luis Norton de Matos said.
In the 15th minute, forward Abhijit Sarkar got the first chance for India from the box, but the close-range shot was prevented by Colombian goalkeeper Kevin Mier. They (Ghana) are a strong physical team who are quick on the ball.
The nation's future hopes rest on the under-17 players developing into a special group, among whom are the young Ayo Akinola, who came in as a substitute and scored the victor against Ghana. It was emotional and in those emotions, they made mistakes. Yet it is far more likely that the quality of India's opponents and a negative four goal difference weighing against his side will likely prove to be a mountain too hard to overcome.
It will take a miracle for India to get an automatic qualification and will have to win by a big margin to get through to the Round of 16 by being among the best 3rd place teams. "We have tried to talk about the fact that we would potentially play seven games here and every one of these moments is huge for us because it's just been such a special group". "But we must do better in terms of finishing the chances we create", Ghana coach said. Maintaining the shape in a well-organized formation has been pivotal to his tactics. "Come and back the blue", he said. One can understand that de Matos has done his homework well.
"I would like to see my team score first tomorrow and put pressure".
Matos also praised the teenage custodian, Dheeraj Singh, but reminded the contribution of the rest. India will hope that their 12th man, the fans, will once again be behind the team and help them produce another wonderful performance.
Ghana, who defeated Colombia but lost to the United States of America, will also be looking for a victory to be assured of a place in the automatic round of 16 slot.
Boris Singh and Sanjeev Stalin are expected to be in the starting line-up as right and left full-backs respectively. And that means it is not a question of organisation because they're technically very good. De Matos has a lot of options in the midfield as he has packed the squad with players who can play in these positions.
"Ghana are a very physical side and blessed with sublime skills of some individual players".