Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Iran ready for tough Costa Rica

Iran ready for tough Costa Rica

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.

Germany went down to a shock 4-0 defeat to Iran. That was proof of how well their attacking players were getting closed down, with the other central midfielder Yannik Keitel also playing a containing role in the second half. After the game against Iran, pressure on our players was very, very high.

The Asian side scored 10 goals and conceded just one in their pursuit of qualifying to the knock out phase showcasing their defence, which is equally good as compared to their attack. "This was a very tough game for my team", said a very relieved Wuck.

According to the Newspaper, And with good reason.The Iranians reached the final of the AFC U-16 Championships here past year, losing only in a penalty shootout to arch-rivals Iraq and have scintillated so far in the World Cup to win both matches.But keeping superstition aside, the surge here would suggest that Iran have brought every last ounce of their experience in Goan conditions into their effervescent display at Fatorda while outplaying Guinea 3-1 and demolishing fancied Germany 4-0.Much as the ambience at Benaulim appeared relatively relaxed, Iran's philosophy after winning a match offers no let-up in intensity."When we win any match, we think more about any point of weaknesses".

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. In nearly every match we played in this group, we had 10 chances, but we haven't capitalised. We are looking forward to the game.

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"It's a do or die battle for us now and our boys know it", stated Costa Rica coach Breansse Camacho.

After the match, Guinean coach Souleymane Camara accepted that the better team won the match.

Wuck signed off by saying that the Round of 16 match against Colombia will be a hard one, the team will take rest and start the preparation for the match soon. "This point helped us a lot", said Abbas.

"We have had at least 30 chances across the three games, against Iran, Costa Rica and tonight against Germany".

Asked about the conditions in Kochi, he said, "I think conditions in Kochi are better than Goa because it is not so hot and not so humid". "First we have to sleep and recuperate over the next two days".

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