Germany enter knockouts with hard-fought win over Guinea

Iran and Guinea are considered the least fancied teams in the FIFA U-17 World Cup but they will be hoping to make a big impact

Iran and Guinea are considered the least fancied teams in the FIFA U-17 World Cup but they will be hoping to make a big impact

In a match where the sun stayed way and rain graced the occasion, Guinea and Germany were on the pitch to fight for qualification into the Round of 16 of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U17 World Cup. "They played as a unit, controlled the proceedings and exploited the gaps in the German defence to score a fluent 4-0 win", said Iran coach Abbas Chamanian.

Two of the other switches brought attacking flair to Germany's wings on the night - Hertha Berlin's Dennis Jastrzembski was electric on the left, while Nicolas Kuhn of RB Leipzig played his role on the right to perfection, sometimes dropping deep behind captain Jann-Fiete Arp and switching places with Arp every now and then for variety.

"The reactions in Germany were not so good after the last game, so the pressure on my players was very, very high". Knowing that the German defence is vulnerable under attack, the wily Iranian coach adopted an offensive approach and the move worked as the German defence fell apart under pressure conceding four goals. "Guinea is a very fast and strong team, but we also matched them", said Wuck.

Margao: Iran predictably finished on top of Group C of the Under-17 World Cup with another resounding win, this time 3-0 over Costa Rica, whose gruelling and error-prone campaign came to an end at the Nehru Stadium here on Friday.

With the clock winding down, Wuck played another couple of cards, though one was enforced by an injury to Vagnoman late in the game. "We haven't been able to capitalise on that, and this is something we must work on", Camara said.

The problem for Costa Rica is that they are playing against Iran - a team that has surpassed and shocked most in Goa.

"It's a do or die battle for us now and our boys know it", stated Costa Rica coach Breansse Camacho. However coach Souleymane Camara feels the experience will bear fruit in six years' time, when the Africans will host the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the first time.

With the win, Germany have set up a Round of 16 clash against Colombia in New Delhi on Monday.

"We have had at least 30 chances across the three games, against Iran, Costa Rica and tonight against Germany. Our defence has done a good job till now and we hope they will continue to do the same in the play-offs as well", said Chamanian.

"Kochi is actually better than Goa". My players played better here, and it is something I can't explain. "We were nervous in the first half and in that bargain we conceded two penalties, which costs us the match".

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