Manipur’s Jeakson Singh etched his name in the history books on Monday as he became the first Indian footballer to score in a football World Cup.
India lost their second match in the ongoing Under-17 World Cup 2-1 to Colombia at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. But the game will always be remembered for the historic goal.
The midfielder scored a fine header in the 82nd minute to draw level after Juan Penaloza’s 51st minute goal put India 1-0 down. The hosts looked set to earn their maiden draw in the showpiece event, but Penaloza scored his second goal in the 83rd minute to win the match for the Colombians.
Indian football fans took to Twitter to celebrate the historic goal.
Not sure if I’ve been happier watching a goal scored by an Indian team. So much to be proud about and so much to learn. #INDvCOL— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) October 9, 2017
A very closely fought game.Congratulations to Jeakson for scoring the India’s first goal in #FIFAU17WC.Keep believing! #INDvCOL pic.twitter.com/SC4VNlYOIa— Praful Patel (@praful_patel) October 9, 2017
Jeakson Singh 👍🙏First Goal in world cup by an Indian Player 👍👌Well done champ 🙌#FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/44Js7gnKO7— 🌹 (@rose_offl) October 9, 2017
October 06: India made its football World Cup debutOctober 09: Jeakson Singh scores India’s first goal in a football WC. #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/N7DYn4j7qZ— Ujwal Kr Singh (@UjwalKS) October 9, 2017
India’s first ever goal in a FIFA tournament courtesy of a brilliant header by Jeakson Singh! https://t.co/dW6lOP2XEW— East Bengal in BLR (@EastBengalinBLR) October 9, 2017
GK: First Indian 2 score in a @FIFAcom football tournament..?Ans: Jeakson Singh👏🏽⚽️👍🏽Scores first ever goal 4 India vs Colombia #FIFA17WC— Nayan (@njb_moon) October 9, 2017
The Historic tournament got it Historic Goal.Jeakson singh you beauty !Congrats @IndianFootball Proud on you team!!#U17FIFAWC #bleedblue— Abhishek Kr Sharma (@abhishrma_) October 9, 2017
Jeakson Singh Thaunaojam, the first ever to score a goal for India in the World Cup. Your named shall be remembered.— Arindam Halder (@arindamego) October 9, 2017
Jeakson Singh! Remember the name. India’s first goal scorer in Fifa event. Hoping these kids write more such records we are proud of!— Ajay (@ajay_prasad) October 9, 2017
Jeakson Singh, the boy who scripted history for India in the Under-17 Football World Cup— Priyarag Verma (@priyarag) October 9, 2017
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