Sean Murray was in the Watford team who this afternoon kicked off their campaign in the Sait Nagjee Trophy with defeat against Brazilian opposition.
Two goals in three second-half minutes from Joao Pedro and Luis Felippe sent Harry Kewell’s side spinning to a loss against Atlético Paranaense at the EMS Corporation Stadium, in the opening game of the eight-team tournament. The Hornets play Rapid Bucharesti on Tuesday and FC Volyn Lutsk a week on Monday.
“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity, a fantastic experience for them to see something different,” Kewell said in an interview with Hornets Player before the team left for India. “A lot of them wouldn’t have seen places like this. It’s an opportunity they couldn’t miss out on. They’ve got to go out and enjoy it and embrace it. It will be tough and challenging at times, just being together for two, maybe three weeks. I’m sure there will be arguments but that’s just being part of the team.”
Argentina have sent an under 23 team while 1860 Munich and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk are also represented.
“It will be good to see how far we’ve come, not just in this country but against world youth set ups. They are not there for a holiday, they are there to win it.”
Atlético Paranaense: Lucas(c); Gustavo, Almeida Silva, Victor, Nicolas, Kaio, Wesley Lima, Joao Pedro, Andre Luis, Gerson, Soares
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