FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, Iraq vs Mexico, Football match result: War of attrition ends in 1-1 deadlock

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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, Iraq vs Mexico, Football match result: War of attrition ends in 1-1 deadlock
  • 22:17 (IST)

    So that's it from us. Thanks for joining today's coverage of the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Do come back for tomorrow's action that includes host nation India taking on Colombia. As always, we'll give you regular updates on our blog. 

    See you tomorrow then, good night! 

  • The thoroughly entertaining contest ends in a 1-1 draw as Iraq register their first ever point in the history of the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Mexico, wasteful in possession and inefficient in the final-third, pushed Iraq to the brink in the second half but were unable to find a winner. Iraq, the perennial underdogs, once again proved why they are the Asian champions as they held Mexico to a well-deserved draw.

    Both teams will have quite a few things to work on, before their next game, but neither will be disappointed with the draw, for both Iraq and Mexico lacked the killer instinct today.

    England will be happy campers as they lead Group F with three points and have established themselves as serious contenders for winning the entire competition.

    That's it from the Yuva Bharati Krirangan, where a 50,000+ strong crowd enjoyed two thrilling encounters of football back-to-back and would take away England's panache and Iraq's resilience as the key deciding factors of today's results.

  • 22:02 (IST)

    In other match today, Japan scored half a dozen goals against Honduras.  

  • 21:58 (IST)

    FT: Iraq 1-1 Mexico

    It's done and dusted. Iraq were really impressive in the first-half but Mexico gave it all in the second-half. In the end, it was a fair result. 

  • 92' - The game has evolved into a scrappy contest with both teams failing to retain possession while going forward. Lainez continues to remain Mexico's primary attacking threat, but Iraq have held on.

  • 85' - Mexico are still chasing a winner as they are awarded yet another freekick, but Gutierrez's delivery is punched away by Ibadi.

  • 81' - The game has considerably slowed down as rain comes pouring down in Kolkata, with both teams seeming to be content with one point. The referee has been closely involved with a number of yellow cards being shown to players of both sides, including one to Mohammed Dawood for simulation.

  • 76' - Lainez has been the difference for Mexico in the second half, the highly-rated youngster proving his mettle with quick passes and clever dribbles down the left channel. Ali Ibadi's assured performance below the bars is the only reason why Iraq are still level in the game.

  • 21:37 (IST)

    Goalkeeper Ali Ibadi and forward Mohammed Ibadi have been phenomenal for Iraq today. Because of the two players that the scoreline reads 1-1. Second-half has been all about Mexico. They are giving their best to pull off a win. 

  • 72' - Ali Ibadi keeps Iraq in the game with a fine save after Diego Lainez unleashes a powerful shot, having dribbles away from three Iraqi players.

  • 66' - Iraq have failed to show much attacking intent in the second half although Mohammed Dawood drew yet another save off Cesar Lopez. The forward has been exceptional whenever he has been on the ball, but has lacked support from his peers.

  • 64' - Diego Lainez has come into his own in the last ten minutes, his pace and guile are troubling Iraq, who have struggled to contend with either of Mexico's wide players. Iraq's struggles eventually forced them to replace Mohammed Ridha with Maytham Jabbar.

  • 56' - Mexico have had their tails up since the equalizer – the likes of Daniel Lopez, Alexis Gutierrez, and Jairo Torres are regularly finding pockets of space in and around Iraq's penalty area forcing Iraq to concede free-kicks in dangerous zones.

  • 21:18 (IST)

    Mexicans have certainly improved after the break. They increased their intensity and that lead to the equaliser. The game is far from done. Just like the first-half, Iraqi defenders need to maintain composure. Mexico certainly have the momentum on their side. 

  • 51' GOAL! Iraq 1-1 Mexico

    Roberto de La Rosa equalizes as the Iraqi defence is punished for its first mistake in over fifty minutes. Ayad fails to clear a simple cross and the ball falls upon the Mexico No. 10, who calmly slots it in the corner.

  • 49' - A mistake by Alan Maeda allows Mohammed Ridha straight on goal, but the Iraqi captain is forced to shoot weakly as Cesar Lopez quickly came off his line. Iraq eventually win a corner, but Mexico are quick to counter-attack down the left fank, although nothing much came off it, with the ball easily collected by Ibadi.

  • 21:04 (IST)

    45' Iraq 1-0 Mexico 

    Second-half is underway at the Salt Lake Stadium.

  • HT: Iraq 1-0 Mexico

    Mexico were slow off the gate as they took time to adjust to the humidity and the playing conditions. Iraq, on the contrary, were far more efficient in possession and level-headed without the ball, in spite of defending for long periods of the first half. Mohammed Dawood's goal is the only separator between the two sides, who have tussled well to provide the Kolkata crowd with an intriguing tactical battle.

  • 41' - Mohammed Dawood almost gets Iraq their second goal of the night as Mexico struggles to contend with his pace. The CONCACAF champions have been the better passers of the ball, but they are yet to find an answer to Iraq's defensive organization and their quick counter-attacks.

  • 39' - Skipper Carlos Robles comes close to equalizing after heading Alexis Gutierrez's curling free-kick into the top left corner, but Ibadi manages to tip it over the bar.

  • 20:44 (IST)

    Iraq's defence is well organised. Despite Mexico's dangerous balls, Iraqi defenders are not stumbling under pressure. A 1-0 lead at the half-time would make Iraq happy and it will certainly boost their confidence going into the second-half.

  • Mexico seem to have come into their own in the attacking third. The Mexicans prefer playing out from the back and like to string a slew of short passes just outside the penalty area. Although the Iraqi defense has avoided mistakes tonight, Roberto de La Rosa hits the post after getting on the end of an excellent cross.

  • 20:34 (IST)

    31' Iraq 1-0 Mexico

    Mexico come close with striker De La Rosa's header but ball hits the post.

  • 23' - Mexico are straightaway putting the pressure on Iraq, winning a corner and controlling the midfield channels, and even drew a quick reaction save off Ibadi, although the attacking move was discounted by an offside call.

  • 20:26 (IST)

    The match needed a spark and Mohammed Dawood provided it. The Iraq striker was one of the stars of the AFC U-16 Championships when it was held in India last year. He was named tournament's best player after he scored six goals for his country. He came with a reputation and so far, there's no harm done to it.

  • 18' - The Kolkata crowd is up on their feet cheering the Asian champions as they win a free kick on the edge of the box. It was a good delivery from Muntadher Mohammed but fortunately for Mexico, none of the Iraqi players could get on the end of it.

  • 16' - GOAL! Iraq 1 Mexico 0

    The AFC champions take the lead through Mohammed Dawood as he beat the offside trap and then went past the goalkeeper to net Iraq's first of the competition.
    It had been an evenly contested first fifteen minutes as both Iraq and Mexico were wary about the other and played safe.

  • 3' - Iraq have started confidently against a much stronger Mexico side, winning the second balls in the midfield, as Mexico are yet to enjoy a meaningful bout of possession.

  • 20:01 (IST)

    It's kick-off time in Kolkata's Salt Lake Stadium. 

  • 19:56 (IST)

    That's the line-up of both the teams.

  • 19:43 (IST)

    A goal fest Sunday and it's not done yet. 

  • 19:36 (IST)

    After an enthralling game, the crowd at the Salt Lake Stadium will expect that the next also lives up to the expectations. 

    Iraq won the AFC U-16 Championships last year when it was held in India so they are not completely new to the playing conditions. Mexico have a strong squad but adjusting to the playing conditions will be the key for them. 

  • 19:20 (IST)

    Hello and welcome to the live-blogging of the second Group F fixture of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 sees AFC champions Iraq take on CONCACAF champions Mexico at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan.

    The line-ups have been announced.

    Iraq Starting XI: Ibadi, Habeeb Mohammed, Abdulsada, Muntadher Mohammed, Dawood, Ridha (C), Shakir, Ayad, Albaqer, Ali, Kareem.
    Mexico Starting XI: Cesar Lopez, Vasquez, Robles (C), Sandoval, Torres, Gutierrez, Daniel Lopez, De La Rosa, Maeda, Gamiz, Lainez.

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Preview: Two-time winners Mexico will be hot favourites when they take on Asian champions Iraq in a Group F FIFA U-17 World Cup engagement at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Sunday.

Mexico lifted the Cup twice (2005, 2011) and reached the semi-finals in the last edition of the tournament, losing to eventual champions Nigeria.

The Mexican U-17 team celebrate their win in the South American Championship. AFP

The Mexican U-17 team celebrate their win in the South American Championship. AFP

The 2017 CONCACAF U-17 champions were the last of the four teams in the group to arrive in the city and looked sharp in training. Their pedigree was visible in the confidence of the players and coach Mario Arteaga.

Mexico are one of the four sides in this edition of the tourney to have pocketed the crown previously. The other three are Brazil (2003), Ghana (1995) and France (2001). Defending champions Nigeria failed to qualify for the finals.

"We are here to create new history. What has happened in the past is in the past," Arteaga said in his first interaction with journalists after flying in to the city.

The El Tri, as they are popularly called, will bank on Jairo Torres who has not only made his senior debut for Mexican side Club Atlas, but also starred in their CONCACAF U-17 Championship win scoring three goals in the process. He was adjudged the best player of the tournament.

What makes Torres a threat is that he isn't just a goalscorer; he's a team player who can create and dictate the course of play.

Coming to Iraq, the Asian powerhouse can spring a surprise especially with the weather conditions not too alien to them as it is to their North American counterparts.

Iraq U-17 team have been in form too winning the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship in Goa last year.

At the World Cup stage though, they are thin on experience having featured in just the 2013 edition where they finished last in Group F.

Iraq lost all three of their matches, against Sweden, Mexico and Nigeria, the teams that eventually claimed first, second and third place in the tournament.

The Iraqis had then lost to Mexico 1-3.

Iraq will pin their hopes on Mohammed Dawood who netted six goals in the U-16 AFC meet, including a hattrick against Japan in the semi-finals.


Mexico: VActor DAaz, Cesar Lapez De Alba, Cesar Rafael Ramos Becerra; Alan Luevanos, Luis Olivas Salcedo, Oscar Gatica, Carlos Jimenez, AdriAin HernAindez, Sergio Lozano and RaAl Zavala; Luis Avila, Carlos Zavala, Alexis Torres, Diego Leyva, Deivoon Rico, JesAs Alvarez and Marco Antonio RuAz Zarco; Jairo Torres, Roberto GonzAilez, Cesar Valera, Daniel Valdez.

Iraq: Ali Ibadi, Mustafa Zuhair, Abdulazeez Ammar Defenders: Ammar Mohammed, Maytham Jabbar, Muntadher Mohammed, Muntadher Abdulsada, Abdulabbas Ayad, Mohammed Al-Baqer, Ali Raad; Habeeb Mohammed, Saif Khalid, Mohammed Ridha, Abbas Ali, Bassam Shakir, Mohammed Ali (Al Nagda), Moamel Karim, Ahmed Sartip; Mohammed Dawood, Ali Kareem, Alaa Adnaan

Updated Date: Oct 08, 2017 22:27 PM

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