Iraq Vs. Mexico
Iraq showed great resilience to stop mighty Mexico in the opening game of group F in the FIFA U17 World Cup at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata today. The Mexicans created opportunities in abundance, but Iraq stood firm on their defensive duties and managed to snatch a vital point in the end.
Twice winners of the U-17 world title and current CONCAFAF U-17 champions, the Mexicans came into this Group F clash as favourites to defeat a side whose only previous finals appearance – in 2013 – had seen them lose all three games.
However, an Iraqi team buoyed by last year’s AFC U-16 Championship triumph took an early lead through the impressive and constantly menacing Mohammed Dawood.
On one of the many occasions on which Iraq sought to exploit Dawood’s pace with through-balls in behind the Mexico backline, the Al-Naft striker outpaced defender Carlos Robles, rounded goalkeeper César López and rolled the underdogs ahead.
But Mexico, who had the lion’s share of the possession throughout, took a greater measure of control after half time, and Roberto de la Rosa sidefooted El Tri level in the 51st minute after being found in the box by Daniel López’s pull-back.
Japan Vs. Honduras :-
Keito Nakamura scored three goals and Japan earned a 6-1 win over Honduras in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup opener for each on Sunday at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium.
It was the second match of a Group E doubleheader that started with France beating New Caledonia, 7-1.
The Japanese jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 30 minutes thanks to a pair of strikes from Nakamura (22’, 30’).
Patrick Palacios halved the deficit in the 36th minute, sweeping in with his left foot from three-yards out as Japan struggled to deal with Luis Palma’s right-sided corner kick.
Japan went on to net four unanswered goals.
Nakamura completed his hat-trick in the 43rd minute and Takefusa Kubo made 4-1 two minutes later.
Taisei Miyashiro (51’) and Toichi Suzuki (90’) completed the scoreline in the second half.