The telling moment of the half was, however, reserved for last when India were stopped by the post, Rahul Kannoly's rasping left footed volley brushing the outside of the post in the closing seconds of the first half.
India lost by a slender 1-2 margin to Colombia in a Group A fixture of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Monday. India, competitive throughout, responded through Jeakson Thounaojam's 82-minute header from a Sajeev Stalin corner, but conceded in the very next minute, Penaloza scoring an opportunistic second to ruin prospects of a creditable draw here at the Nehru Stadium.
There was heightened activity in the Colombian box, with Ninthoinganba Meetei initiating surging runs down the right flank.
Spectators, tens of thousands strong, including Jeakson's parents launched themselves off their seats at New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
But, to the disappointment of the thousands occupying the stands, Abhijeet Sarkar, having found a clear view of the goal, shot over in the 16th minute.
Both India and Colombia were looking to find their first victory in the tournament, after losing to the United States and Ghana respectively in their initial fixtures. Sunil Chhetri, Praful Patel and many others congratulated the football player.
"Both Colombia and U.S. coaches said we were a hard opponent for them and that is a testimony to how much we have improved as a team". "(Turkey), Futebol Clube de Vizela (Portugal), US Soccer Federation (US) The national team always comes first and then it's personal ambition", Costa Rica captain Jose Alfaro told TOI.Alfaro had an evening to forget during the opening day's clash against Germany.
Juan Penaloza's rasping 49th-minute left footer put the South Americans ahead.
India's number one goalkeeper, on this occasion, had no chance even though he had another brilliant night under the bar pulling off a couple incredible saves, showing nice anticipation. India had taken one shot off-target while Colombia took five.