Iran rout Costa Rica

Iran rout Costa Rica

Margao: Their confidence sky-high after hammering Germany, Iran would look to end their league engagements unbeaten when they take on Costa Rica in a Group C clash of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup on Friday.

Costa Rica, who lost to Germany in their opening match, have one point after they drew against Guinea, and now need to win to make it to the knockout round.

Little did anyone expected about the results as Coach Abbas Chamanian colts not only surprised everyone with their ongoing form, but also made a clear statement -that they are serious contenders -after topping the Group which featured Germany and Guinea too.

In an open game, Germany led after eight minutes through Jann-Fiete Arp only for Ibrahima Soumah to level matters just before the half-hour mark with his second of the tournament.

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 players had enormous pressure for the game, but the boys played cool and got the result".


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

Iran ended the first round in style, blanking Costa Rica 3-0 in their third and final Group C clash of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup here on Saturday.

Keen to top the group, Asian powerhouse Iran employed five defenders and kept the rival attackers at bay, while finding the back of the net on three occasions. We saw their last game on TV yesterday.

"There are some days when nothing works out, so we knew we had to take something from this game, we knew we had to do something different", said Arp, the Hamburg striker in the Bundesliga. "Many teams are here and we must respect that". But we are very happy to get to the Round of 16. Guinea coach Souleymane Camara would later call him the best player on the pitch, both "tactically and physically". They will travel to New Delhi for their round of 16 match against Colombia on October 16. "This point helped us a lot", said Abbas. 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 have had at least 30 chances across the three games, against Iran, Costa Rica and tonight against Germany". My players played better here, and it is something I can't explain. In the first half we made a few mistakes and we conceded two penalties which was a big disadvantage.

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