Jeakson Singh on Monday scripted history by becoming the first Indian footballer to score a goal in a football World Cup.
The midfielder from Manipur etched his name in history after he scored a fine header in the 82nd minute against Columbia in the ongoing Under-17 World Cup at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
This was the second match of the host team in the ongoing Under-17 World Cup. The team has lost in their opening match played against the United States of America.
Unfortunately, India’s hope for maiden draw was crashed in next minute of Jeakson’s historic goal.
The host team was set to earn their maiden draw after Jeakson created history in the 82nd minute leveling Juan Penaloza’s 51st minute score. But their joy was short-lived when Penaloza came attack again to score his second goal in the 83rd minute to win the match for the Colombians.
Though India has lost the match 2-1 to Colombia, the game will go down in history and will always be remembered for the historic goal.
This is the moment when Jeakson scripted history:
— Fabregassed (@Siddiotic) October 9, 2017
In fact, Indian footballers and lovers couldn’t just stop celebrating it and many took to Twitter to express their joy for the historic goal.
Sunil Chhetri, the current captain of the national football team, expressed his happiness and tweeted this:
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
And several others follow suit, including MP and president of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Praful Patel.
— Praful Patel (@praful_patel) October 9, 2017
October 06: India made its football World Cup debut
— Ujwal Kr Singh (@UjwalKS) October 9, 2017
— Ranjit Bajaj (@THE_RanjitBajaj) October 9, 2017
— Lancelot Lobo (@lancelotlobo) 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
— Joseph George (@Jogeo23) October 9, 2017
— HaRi PrIyA CR (@cr_hariPriya) 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
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 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
— Nayan (@njb_moon) October 9, 2017
Congratulations Jeakson Singh for scripting the history. We are indeed proud of you. And well tried team India. We wish you better luck in the remaining matches.