Thursday, 19 October, 2017

Germany enter knockouts with hard-fought win over Guinea

Equatorial Guinea have been barred from the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2019 Iran look to end in style; Brazil to maintain their flow
Kristopher Love | 13 October, 2017, 23:24

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. Soumah found the target with a neatly taken left-footed shot after a handful of scrambles from several Guinea players inside the Germany box. "So it is our request that the yellow card is cancelled", he said.

According to the Newspaper, And with good reason.The Iranians reached the final of the AFC U-16 Championships here a year ago, 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". Jan Boller, who replaced him, had already played three halves of this World Cup, while the highly-rated Sahverdi Cetin replaced Abouchabaka.

The problem for Costa Rica is that they are playing against Iran - a team that has surpassed and shocked most in Goa. Against Costa Rica we won 2-1, but we could have scored five or six more.

Guinea responded well after conceding the early goal. Much of it had to do with Arp's work rate, dropping deep to help the midfield, and then powering ahead to meet with the return balls sent his way.

Eventually, Germany got a goal from a penalty in injury time, and the entire squad's body language when they earned it spoke as much of relief as elation. They will travel to New Delhi for their round of 16 match against Colombia on October 16. "Our defence has done a good job till now and we hope they will continue to do the same in the play-offs as well", said Chamanian.

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". There's less heat and humidity. "The pitch here is a lot like what we get in Europe".

"We should not get carried away with the victory against the Germans and instead focus on Costa Rica who always look unsafe in front of the goal with their skillful play", he added.

Giving his thoughts on Friday's result, he commented, "We played against a very strong team tonight". In the first half we made a few mistakes and we conceded two penalties which was a big disadvantage.