That's it from here us for tonight. Thank you for being with us. Goodnight!
That's it from here us for tonight. Thank you for being with us. Goodnight!
The Germans could not be more glad about that final whistle. It was getting excruciating for them. They need to go back to the drawing board before they face Guinea in their final group clash. It won't be an easy game, especially not if their defence is still the shambles we saw tonight. Iran, on the other, produced a performance for the ages. These players won't forget this night ever. They thoroughly outclassed Germany, a European football powerhouse. In the process, they have also sent a message to other teams in the competition. Nobody will be taking Iran lightly after tonight. A complete performance, from front to back.
Full time. Iran 4-0 Germany.
Iran thrash Germany 4-0 to take a commanding position in Group C. Germany were defensively poor and were punished by Iran. This is a psychologically damaging loss for Germany and it is crucial for them to put this defeat behind as soon as possible and regroup for their last match against Guinea.
90` Iran 4-0 Germany
Another free-kick from a promising position and this time it's a better one. The ball deflects off the wall and is destined to find the back of the net but keeper Ali Gholam Zadeh tips it over the bar.
85` Iran 4-0 Germany
Germany get a free-kick just outside the box. It's a poor one as the ball is blocked by the six-man Iranian wall. Iran still trying for a fifth goal.
Iran make it 4-0. Complete domination. Namdari comes off the bench and scores. He was released on through and the German defence was caught napping again. Namdari calmly sidefooted the ball past Plogmann. Germans are afraid to move forward. They keep exchanging passes in their own half and eventually lose it under pressure. They have completely failed to take the game to Iran's half. Any attempts to do so have been stifled out. Iran did not have much to defend against tonight, but when it was needed, they were alert and quick to thwart any German line of attack.
75` GOAL! Namdari scores! Iran 4-0 Germany
Now it's the substitute Vahid Namdari who gets his name on the scoresheet. Germany are guilty of giving the ball away cheaply and Iran hit them on the counter. Namdari makes no mistake as he sends the ball in the bottom corner. Iran are tearing Germany apart.
70` Iran 3-0 Germany
Germany's mask-wearing left-back John Yeboah whips a cross in towards Arp but his stooping header goes miles over the goal. At the other end, Sayyad tries his luck from a distance but it is never going to trouble Plogmann.
65` Iran 3-0 Germany
Germany win a corner from which Mai rises the highest but the ball balloons off his head behind for a goal-kick. Nothing seems to be going Germany's way tonight.
Iran replace their goalscorer Younes Delfi with Vahid Namdari. The Iranian has been Iran's best player tonight.
Going forward, now teams will know that Germany's defence is its weakness. If a team catches them off guard in the initial stages of a match, they could take the lead against them. And, as it is evident from their first two games, the moment Germany concede, they lose their grip on the game. If you don't let them play their natural game, they do not have a plan B to hit back. Disrupt their usual lines of attack, stifle their midfield and harass their back four. The Germans dig their own graves after that.
60` Iran 3-0 Germany
The question now facing Germany is whether it should chase the game and try to at least secure a draw or contain the damage. Iran are still going after lost causes and hitting Germany on the counter. A brilliant performance from the Asians here tonight.
55` Iran 3-0 Germany
The impressive Amirhossein Hosseinzadeh is replaced by Saeid Karimi as Iran look to close out this match.
Sayyad makes it three! He heads in a cross from the right, effectively ending all hopes of a Geman comeback. Iran have produced one of the world cup's finest performances yet. Germany were not prepared for this. Iran might score more tonight, but the embarrassment is complete for the Germans. They have been playing a high line defence and playing it badly. They just don't look like a team that finished third at the Euros. Not a single positive from tonight's performance till now.
49` GOAL! Allahyar Sayyad scores for Iran! Iran 3-0 Germany
Oh dear, it's getting worse for Germany. Four minutes into the second half and Allahayr Sayyad triples Iran's lead with a bullet header.
Germany are making two substitutions right off the bat. Nagankam and Abouchabaka come in for Majeyschak and Boller. They need to pull one back fast. In the quest for a goal, they might leave themselves more vulnerable at the back and concede again. One more goal from Iran would seal the deal.
Second half gets underway
Christian Wueck makes two changes at halftime as Elias Abouchabaka and Jessic Ngankam replace Jan Boller and Erik Majetschak.
What a half from Iran! The Germans have been outpassed, outran and outplayed, completely. We knew Iran could exploit their shaky defence, just like Costa Rica did, but no one expected them to come out and play this way against the European giants. Germany will have to make changes.
Iran have had only 39% possession but they have made the most of it. 17 attempts with 8 on target compared to 6 attempts and only a single one on target by Germany. The Europeans need to get their defence organised before even thinking about scoring as they are in danger of conceding more and harm their goal difference.Big second half coming up for the young Germans.
Iran finally extend their lead and deservedly so. Delfi is the man again as he heads in a well-taken free kick. They have been irresistible tonight. And the German defence was the culprit again, conceding from dead ball situation. Delfi was completely unmarked inside the box as he rushed in to meet the curling freekick and put the ball into the far corner of the net. Half-time could not come sooner for Germany. They have been utterly woeful and need to shake things up.
Halftime. 45` Iran 2-0 Germany
Germany with their first real chance of the game. Yeboah gets on the end of a flick on from a corner but puts it over the bar. On the other end, Amir Esmaeil Zadeh beats the offside trap to get on the end of a long ball. He's one-on-one with Plogmann but his shot is inches away from tripling Iran's lead. Some absolutely horrible defending from Germany here. And that's halftime.
Plogmann is coming out of his lines to clear the ball far too often. He has been nervous tonight and him rushing out isn't sending a very strong message. Maybe he should stop trying to be Manuel Neuer and concentrate on running a tight ship in the German defence. Communication between him and the back four has been very poor tonight.
40` GOAL! Delfi scores again! Iran 2-0 Germany
Germany are defending like amateurs tonight. Delfi doubles Iran's lead after he heads in a free-kick from an unmarked position. Very poor from Germany.
Another good chance missed by Iran. They are still just a goal up. That could change in a second. Iran's profligacy up front could come back to bite them. It doesn't take long for a football match to turn around completely. Iran should know that quite well.
35` Iran 1-0 Germany
Iran are bossing Germany all over the pitch. Jann-Fiete Arp has barely had a sniff at the Iranian goal tonight. Germany need to start imposing themselves as this Iran team looks like it is on a mission tonight.
Iran have been the better team in all aspects by miles. They could easily have been 2-0 or even 3-0 up by now. Plogmann finally made a good save, keeping Sayyad's vicious shot on target out. The Iran defence too is not giving the German forwards much to play with. No real threat on the Iranian goal till now. It's worrying that German is unable to create chances. They have not been able to string passes together and move forward with intent. They should soon get their heads in the game and shake off their nerves.
30` Iran 0-1 Germany
One-way traffic at the moment as Mohammad Ghaderi gets on the end of a pass inside the box but his shot misses the post by a close margin.
25` Iran 1-0 Germany
Sahverdi Cetin lets it loose from a long way to register Germany's first shot on target. They then proceed to gift Iran another goal-scoring opportunity when Jan Boller is slow to reach a pass and Amir Esmaeil Zadeh wins a corner off Boller. A couple of moments later, Sayyad hits a fierce shot which is parried away by a diving Plogmann.
20` Iran 1-0 Germany
The Germans are making life difficult for themselves. Plogmann gets the ball and he is slow in getting rid of it. Sayyad is quick to close him down and he lays it off to an onrushing Iran player whose shot hits Plogmann straight on the chest.
Plogmann is having a busy day. He barely parried Delfi's direct freekick from distance. He should do much better than that. The looping freekick did not have much power and the German custodian looked slow to react. He should've done better when the Germans conceded too. Delfi's shot had gone between his legs on its way to the goal. The German defence needs to tighten up, otherwise, it wouldn't take long for Iran to extend their lead. Iran, on the other hand, are keeping the German attack at bay. They look highly organised and ready for the game, whereas the Germans don't.
15` Iran 1-0 Germany
Iran win a free kick from a striking distance and the effort hits the crossbar after Plogmann punches it. Iran are taking the game to their much-fancied opponents.
10` Iran 1-0 Germany
The Germans have been stunned by that goal and it seems that they haven't recovered from it. Yannik Keitel fails to control the ball and he's closed down quickly by Allahyar Sayyad. The forward sprints it away but he delays shooting and his weak shot is saved by Plogmann.
And Iran take the lead! Just the start they wanted. They exploited the conundrum in the German box. Satavi received the ball in the box amidst a crowd of German defenders and did well to pull a shot on target. It was parried by Plogmann, but the rebound fell on Delfi and he made no mistake in putting it in the net. This has been an extremely shaky start by Germany. They look rattled.
5` GOAL! Delfi gives Iran the lead! Iran 1-0 Germany
Iran straightaway go on the attack and they have the majority of possession in the opening minutes. A long free kick isn't cleared properly by the German defence and after the ball pings inside the German box, Younes Delfi shoots and his shot takes a deflection which nutmegs keeper Luca Plogmann. What a start by Iran!
Kick off! Iran 0-0 Germany
The teams are out and line up for the pre-match pleasantries. The anthems are sung and off we go!
Germany face Iran today in their second Group C clash. German had scraped through and got three points against Costa Rica in their opener. They had shown glimpses of brilliance in the game, but failed to convert chances and managed a 2-1 win. The German defence looked particularly shaky towards the end of the game when Costa Rica had pulled level. A late winner handed then a deserved win, but their display left much to be desired. One gets a feeling that they are too dependent on their skipper and star forward Jann-Fiete Arp for goals, but their midfield is capable of stringing together fast passes and moving forward quickly. Against Iran, Germany would be hoping to play the kind of football that they displayed for about 30 minutes against Costa Rica: high tempo, breathless and lightning quick. It is understandable that it could be hard to sustain that brand of football in Indian conditions, but it is a sight to behold.
Iran were lucky to win 3-1 against Guinea last time around. They scored a blinder of a goal against the run of play and then a sending off completely turned the game around. Guinea, who had dominated the game for over an hour, were punished were not scoring when they were presented the opportunity to do so. However, the Iranian defence deserves praise for its resilient display. The Guinea forwards, especially their 14-year-old prodigy Fandje Toure kept knocking at the door, but Iran held back impressively. A similar display could cause problems for the German attack as well. Iran are a hard team to break down and they are familiar to the conditions having played the AFC Championships at the same venue last year. It is hard to fathom, but don't count out an upset. If Iran can defend hard, they could exploit Germany's unsure defence and hit on the counter.
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Hello and welcome to Firstpost's live coverage of the FIFA U1-7 World Cup 2017. Tonight Germany take on Iran in their Group C encounter in Goa. Both teams come into the match on the back of victories with the winner of tonight's match all but ensuring their passage to the next round.
Preview: Germany will start as hot favourites when they take on Asian heavyweights Iran in a Group C league match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday.
Both the teams registered opening victories with Germany getting past Costa Rica 2-1 and Iran beating Guinea 3-1 on Saturday.
Germany had a shaky start before taking a lead midway in the first half through star striker Jann-Fiete Arp.
Costa Rica fought back to restore parity in the second half through Andres Gomez.
With the match heading towards a draw, Germany needed substitute Noah Awuku's effort to score the winner in the dying minute to give Germany full points.
Iran, on the other hand, rode a splendid second-half show to beat Guinea 3-1.
Germany will rely on Nicolas Kuehn, Noah Awuku and John Yeboah along with Arp, who has been named in the list of best 60 footballers born in 2000 by football pundits, to deliver the goods.
Iran have a watertight defence and they would give their all to hold on and eke out an upset.
"We did not get the start we wanted. The boys were nervy at first against Costa Rica but settled down and went on to beat Costa Rica," German coach Christian Wucku said.
"They have the potential to play better and I am looking forward to seeing them play to their potential against Iran who play a tactical game and have a strong defence," said Wucku. Iran, who play a defensive game initially and slowly open up the game in the second half, will be looking to repeat the same against Germany who look strong in their attack.
Iran's coach Abbas Chamanian said: "Now that we have won against Guinea we need to counter the German as they are well organised in their attack and defence.
"We have worked out a strategy to counter and hopefully we'll succeed and win tomorrow which will see us into the round of 16," said Chamanian.
Germany: Luca Plogmann, Alexander Nitzl, Pascal Hackethal, Dominik Becker, Jan Boller, Noah Awuku, Shaverdi Catin, Eric Majetshcek, Jan-Fiete ARP, Elias Abouchabaka, Nicolas Kuehn, Luis Klatte, Dennis Jastrzembski, Yannik Keitel, Kilian Ludewig, Lars Mai, maurice Malone, John Yeboah, Jessic Ngankam, Yann Bisseck and Marian Prins.
Iran: Gholam Zadeh Gomari, Satavi, Jalali, Esmaeil Zadeh Shahkola, Nasiri, Shariati Khameneh, Hosseinzadeh Tazehgheshlagh, Sharifi, Sayyad Manesh Shiadeh, Ghobeishavi, Delfi, Ashayer, Janipour, Davaran, Kooshki, Namdari DEhghadi, Ghaderi, Karimi Lishter, Sardari Amidabadi, Khaghani and Khoda Moradi.
Updated Date: Oct 10, 2017 22:09 PM
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