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Iran thrash Costa Rica to advance as Group C winners

13 October 2017, 11:25 | Charlene Valdez

Guinea are making their fifth Fifa U-17 World Cup appearance along with Nigeria and Congo

Guinea are making their fifth Fifa U-17 World Cup appearance along with Nigeria and Congo

A 0-4 humiliation by Iran denting their confidence, European powerhouse Germany face African side Guinea in a must-win match of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup here on Friday.

Goals from a Jann-Fiete Arp, Nicolas Kuehn and Sahverdi Cetin were enough for the Germans to notch a tight win over the African side, who had equalised through right back Ibrahima Soumah midway through the first half.

Guinea kicked off the second half and started it strongly as they had ended the first half, but slowly Germany got hold of the match and started to attack relentlessly.

"The reactions in Germany were not so good after the last game, so the pressure on my players was enormous". With fifth and final change in the XI, the intelligent playmaker Elias Abouchabaka pushing forward into what often looked more like a 4-1-1-4 than a 4-2-3-1, Germany brought some mistakes to bear on the Guinean defence, and Arp capitalised on one such error to give Germany an early goal.

Camacho praised Iran for their attacking football and said, "They played counter attacking football and a very attractive game".

Germany, who had lost to Iran 0-4 in their previous match, finished second in the group with six points and qualified for the Round of 16.

"It's important that our players collected nine points", Coach Abbas said during the post match conference at Fatorda. We saw their last game on TV yesterday. "It looks one-sided at first glance, but they were made to work hard for it, often thinking on their feet and changing plans to accommodate a tricky opponent".

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

Costa Rica, who needed a win to keep themselves in fray for the knockouts, found the going tough and were not allowed space by the Iranian defenders.

Guinea coach Souleymane Camera admitted the better team won. "I think this is the point we have to be better in the next game against Colombia". Coach Abbas said, "We will rest him for the next match as we will get to know about the injury only after the test".

"We have had at least 30 chances across the three games, against Iran, Costa Rica and tonight against Germany". The German coach hailed the pitch at Kochi and said the "pitch could be compared to European standards, and the players were able to play better here". "We were nervous in the first half and in that bargain we conceded two penalties, which costs us the match".

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