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.
Despite dominating possession in all three of their group games, Guinea finished the World Cup with two defeats and a draw.
Spirited Persian side hammer Costa Rica 3-0 to remain unbeaten in Group C Iran blanked Costa Rica 3-0 to top Group C with an all-win record in the U-17 World Cup.
In the other Group D match, Spain will look to overcome North Korea to seal their place in pre-quarters. Iran will be keen to maintain the momentum after their big win over Germany.
Early in the second half, Guinea goalkeeper Mohamed Camara made a stunning double save to deny Germany the lead, with Nicolas Kuehn directing his shot straight towards the keeper. Two minutes later, however, Guinea equalised. In 2023 Guinea are organizing African nations championship.
With the clock winding down, Wuck played another couple of cards, though one was enforced by an injury to Vagnoman late in the game.
"It's a do or die battle for us now and our boys know it", stated Costa Rica coach Breansse Camacho.
"We have a team who is very strong on the offence".
After the match, Guinean coach Souleymane Camara accepted that the better team won the match. They will travel to New Delhi for their round of 16 match against Colombia on October 16. Unlike the Colombians, they will also be playing on the third surface inside four games, going away from a venue they took a liking to. 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 try to learn lessons from them", Chamanian said as he looks ahead to the encounter against Costa Rica."Costa Rica is the toughest team in our group. But I think my players are very strong and very fast. "The pitch here is a lot like what we get in Europe". "We have not capitalized on the chances that we got throughout the tournament, we had got almost 30 chances in but we failed to convert most of it". "First we have to sleep and recuperate over the next two days".