Iran on Tuesday caused the biggest upset yet in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Margao in Goa, by beating Germany 4-0, thereby qualifying for the knockout round.
Dominating the game all throughout, Iran completely outclassed the tournament favourite Germans. For Iran, Younes Delfi (6th and 42th), Allahyar Sayyad (49th) and Vahid Namdari (75th) scored in the Group C match, played at the Nehru Stadium in south Goa. Having already beaten Guinea in their opening encounter, Iran now comfortably sit at the top of the table in their group.
Germany had beaten Costa Rica in their opening match and now need to win their final group match to qualify for the round of 16 stage. Iran play their last match against Costa Rica on 13 October in Margao while Germany travel to Kochi to play against Guinea.
Germans appeared completely exposed in their midfield allowing the sharp Iranians to exploit their weaknesses. There was a marked difference in the Iranians’ strategy after they chose to adopt an attacking game right from the word go.
Meanwhile, Captain Amarjit Singh attributed India’s heartbreaking defeat against Colombia on Tuesday to “bad luck” but was very proud of his first cousin, Jeakson, who scored the country’s first goal in any FIFA World Cup.
India came agonisingly close to securing their first ever draw, if not a win, in a FIFA tournament when Jeakson Singh Thanoujam’s bullet header found the back of the net against Colombia in their second group game of the ongoing U-17 World Cup.
Three days earlier, the hosts were thrashed 3-0 by USA.