FIFA U-17 World Cup (Day 5) : Brazil made it two wins in a row while Iran thrashed Germany 4-0 and FIFA U-17 WC witnessed a major upset

Korea DPR Vs. Brazil :-

Korea DPR lined up in a traditional 4-4-2 formation with Kwon Nam Hyok and Kim Hwi Hwang leading the frontline while Brazil deployed a 4-1-4-1 formation with Lincoln the sole striker up front.

The match was off to a feisty start as both sides looked to trouble each other with some attempts on goal. Brazil were exhibiting flair in their attack from the very beginning with Alan and Paulinho leading their charge through the center. The Selecao looked very comfortable on the ball and were keeping a lot of ball possession.

As the half progressed, Brazil made sure that they were a constant threat on goal. But Korea DPR were resilient enough to keep Brazil’s menacing attack at bay. Confidence was perceptible in the Brazil side following their win in the first group match against Spain. And the players made sure they displayed ample composure on the ball while knocking the ball around.

Brazil were all over the pitch as the first half drew to a close. They looked like a more comfortable outfit than their opponents, Korea DPR. Lincoln, who scored a goal in the opening game against Spain, was constantly troubling Korea’s defense by creating spaces and taking attempts on goal.

Brazil stepped up the tempo as the second half started. Brenner was taking on Korea’s defense through the left wing and having perilous efforts on goal. And it was only a matter of time as Brazil scraped the opening goal when Lincoln used his physicality to head in on Weverson’s blocked freekick in the 56thminute.

There was no stopping Brazil after the opening goal as they surged forward in numbers to get the vital second goal to get some breathing space. And they managed to score their second goal within 10 minutes after scoring their first, courtesy of Paulinho’s clinical finish to the right following a well-picked pass from Brenner.

Brazil were in no mood to defend their lead as they brought on another lethal striker Vitinho who made an instant impact on the pitch by taking on Korea DPR’s defense. In the last 10 minutes of the game, Korea DPR increased their tempo to get something out of the game. Yun Min had his freekick denied by goalie Gabriel Brazao and Brazao made another vital save two minutes later on as substitute Kim Pom Hyok’s grounded attempt threatened goal. Brazao had little to do throughout the match but didn’t let his side down when he was called into action.

Brazil secure their second win on the bounce to fortify their spot at the top of the group.

Iran Vs. Germany :-

Iran caused the biggest upset of the Under-17 FIFA World Cup, thrashing Germany 4-0, to qualify for the knock-out round, at the Nehru stadium in Margao, Goa, on Tuesday.

They controlled the proceedings throughout the Group C match and scored through Younes Delfi (6th and 42th minute), Allahyar Sayyad (49th) and Vahid Namdari (75th).

Nothing went right for the Germans, who were disorganized in midfield and hardly troubled the rival defence. Their defence also left lot of space, which the Iranians exploited with repeated forays.

Iran, who beat Guinea in their opening match, are now perched atop the group with six points and in the Round of 16.

Germany, who beat Costa Rica 2-1 in their opening match, must beat Guinea in their final group match to qualify for the knock-out round.

Guinea and Costa, who played out a 2-2 draw earlier in the evening, have one point each.

Iran plays their last match in Margao against Costa Rica on October 13 while Germany travel to Kochi to play Guinea.

Iran, who adopted a defensive approach in their last match, preferred to play an attacking game on Tuesday and the move paid off as they took the lead in the sixth minute when Younes Delfi took a shot which deflected off rival defender Jan Boller’s foot and found the net.

The early goal left the Germans in shambles. The Iranians attacked the German citadel regularly and could have increased the lead, but ‘keeper Luca twice denied Mohammed Ghobeishavi from scoring. Luca Plogmann once again had to dive to effect a save from llahyar Sayyad in the 25th minute.

The pressure on the Germans was so much that they conceded another goal in the 42nd minute as Younes Delfi once again scored with a glancing header from a free-kick, taken by Mohammed Sharifi.

The Iranians were 2-0 up at half-time. Their defence was solid and did not allow the Germans any space to operate inside the danger zone.

The Germans had only one chance to score in the dying minutes of the first half when John Yeboah’s try went over the bar from close.

After the change of ends, Younes Delfi could have scored a hat-trick but German ‘keeper Luca again came to his side’s rescue and denied him in the 48th minute when he blocked his shot. However, a minute latter, Delfi made a good move on the right and sent a cross into the box which Allahyar Sayyed headed ball into the net to kill the contest.

Substitute Saeid Karimi then played a one-two pass with Vahid Namdari, who shot home from close to complete the rout.

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