Iran end group stage in style


Germany had 17 attempts at the Guinea goal but out of them eight were on target.

The euphoria of routing Germany 4-0 in the U-17 World Cup on Tuesday seemed to be a thing of the past, the smiles and camaraderie at training in Benaulim on Thursday notwithstanding.Iran play Costa Rica in their concluding Group C encounter at the Nehru Stadium on Friday and expressed their approach and expectations after assuring themselves a spot in the knockout phase.The team's first aim is to go beyond the round of 16 for the first time ever and to enhance that chance, coach Abbas Chamanian recommends staying in Goa.

Guinea, meanwhile, were beaten 3-1 by Germany in Group C, in Kochi.

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Germany, who have qualified for the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup as fifth-place finisher from Europe via a play-off, began their campaign with an unconvincing 2-1 win over Costa Rica before slumping to an embarrassing 0-4 defeat to Iran. Reactions in Germany was not so good. We need to play to our potential against a side who are on high confident after two consecutive win. "Guinea is a very fast and strong team, but we also matched them", said Wuck.

Giving his thoughts on Friday's result, he commented, "We played against a very strong team tonight".

Iran will definitely miss the services of Mohammad Ghobeishavi for their round of 16 clash as he received the second yellow card in the last three games, that hands him a one-match suspension.

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"Of course, we got nine points, but the most important thing is that we are in the next round. 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". "We were nervous in the first half and in that bargain we conceded two penalties, which costs us the match". "Many teams are here and we must respect that". Today I think we could have scored 5 to 6 goals. "This point helped us a lot", said Abbas.

"Kochi is actually better than Goa". Their players were very fast. He was satisfied with the defence and the five changes he made were manly tactical changes and added that the attackers should make use of the chances they create.

After the match, Guinean coach Souleymane Camara accepted that the better team won the match. Having lost to Brazil in the opening match, they bounced back to drub Niger and will be in a better frame of mind when they take on the Asians. In nearly every match we played in this group, we had 10 chances, but we haven't capitalised.

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