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Iran end group stage in style

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Guinea are making their fifth Fifa U-17 World Cup appearance along with Nigeria and Congo

"They played as a unit, controlled the proceedings and exploited the gaps in the German defence to score a fluent 4-0 win", said Iran coach Abbas Chamanian.

"We have worked out a strategy to overcome the challenge and we are looking forward to win tomorrow", stated Costa Rica coach Breansse Camacho. "The pressure on the boys was very high".

The win enabled Iran occupy the top position in Group C as they sit pretty with nine points while Germany, who carved out a 2-1 win against Guinea in group's other match played in Kochi, occupy the second position with 6 points. "We should have scored a lot more goals", said German coach Christian Wueck after the match. With fifth and final change in the XI, the intelligent playmaker Elias Abouchabaka pushing forward into what often looked more like a 4-1-1-4 than a 4-2-3-1, Germany brought some mistakes to bear on the Guinean defence, and Arp capitalised on one such error to give Germany an early goal. Then in the second half, his killer pass found an unmarked Nicolas Kuehn who slotted in Germany's second in the 63rd minute.

Defeat for the central Americans sees them miss out on the knockout stages after earning just one point from three group games.

Germany's main thought for the second half was keeping it tight at the back, and hitting Guinea on the break as often and as quickly as possible.

Costa Rica coach Breansse Camacho felt it was hard for his team to cope with the physically stronger Iran team. "Guinea is a very fast and strong team, but we also matched them", said Wuck.

Such was Iran's control over the match that Costa Rica were always playing catch-up, struggling to create chances. Guinea coach Souleymane Camara would later call him the best player on the pitch, both "tactically and physically". "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". After conceding, Guinea started showing the African power with strong play and quick attacks, with Doss Soumah missing a close shot. They will travel to New Delhi for their round of 16 match against Colombia on October 16. "In the second half we tried to take some initiative but they (iran) made our life hard in the game".

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". My players played better here, and it is something I can't explain. "First we have to sleep and recuperate over the next two days".

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