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.
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.
The massive 4-0 loss against Iran in the last game had shattered the Germans' confidence.
Two of the other switches brought attacking flair to Germany's wings on the night - Hertha Berlin's Dennis Jastrzembski was electric on the left, while Nicolas Kuhn of RB Leipzig played his role on the right to perfection, sometimes dropping deep behind captain Jann-Fiete Arp and switching places with Arp every now and then for variety.
The second half began with chances at both ends.
The coach also hailed young keeper Camara for his wonderful performance and added: "The goals were due to the errors from the defence, and am happy with the keeper's performance in the tournament". "This was a very tough game for my team", said a very relieved Wuck.
In the opening match against eventual table-toppers Iran, Guinea had 16 shots to the Iran's 23, but that ratio increasingly skewed towards them in subsequent games - 40 shots to Costa Rica's seven, and 22 to Germany's 17.
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Iran coach Abbas Chamanian lauded his defence for their excellent work rate through all three group games.
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.
The problem for Costa Rica is that they are playing against Iran - a team that has surpassed and shocked most in Goa.
After the match, Guinean coach Souleymane Camara accepted that the better team won the match.
Germany will face Colombia in New Delhi on Monday.
"We should not get carried away with the victory against the Germans and instead focus on Costa Rica who always look risky in front of the goal with their skillful play", he added. We made mistakes in the first half and conceded two penalties.
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.