FIFA U-17 World Cup (Day 2) : Niger makes history after defeating Korea while asian heavyweights Iran crush Guinea

North Korea Vs. Niger :-

It was a day of double delight for Niger who beat North Korea in their opening fixture at the u17 world cup and later the mens national team qualified for the big World Cup in Russia. 

It was Korea DPR, however, that had the better of the first-half exchanges at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium. The closest the Asians went to scoring before the break was through captain Yun Min, as his long-range effort struck the Nigerien crossbar.

After the interval, it was the African debutants that looked more convincing as an attacking unit. This resulted in an historic moment just before the hour mark.

Some good work on the right flank by Habibou Sofiane allowed him to find an unmarked Abdourahmane in the Korea DPR box. With time to pick his spot, the Junior Menas striker slotted his shot past Young Chollima goalkeeper Sin Tae-Song for a 1-0 lead.

Abdourahmane proved a real handful for the Korea DPR defence and was unlucky not find the scoresheet again. He forced a good save from Sin before narrowly missing the target moments later.

In the end, the single goal was enough for Niger to claim a famous result.

Iran Vs. Guinea :-

Allahyar Sayyad’s hammered long-range opener was the pick of four second half goals in Goa as Islamic Republic of Iran moved to the top of the table after the opening matchday in Group C at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017. 

After an evenly played first half in which the best chance came off Guinea’s Fandje Toure head and hit the post, the match went Iran’s way after the break.

From seemingly nothing near the hour mark, Allahyar launched an early candidate for goal of the tournament with a blast from 20 yards into the top corner to the goalkeeper’s right.

Mohammad Sharifi converted a penalty 10 minutes later after Cherif Camara’s rash challenge in the box saw him sent off for a second yellow card.

Iran put the match out of reach after Saeid Karimi converted from a mistake by goalkeeper Ibrahima Sylla in the closing minutes, but the Africans showed fight at the death as Toure added a consolation in second half injury time.

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