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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India's loss to Colombia, absence of 'Samba flair' and other disappointments as picked by Firstpost writers
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India's loss to Colombia, absence of 'Samba flair' and other disappointments as picked by Firstpost writers

After a pulsating World Cup drew to a close after 22 days of action, Firstpost asked its writers to pick the biggest disappointment of 2017 edition. Here's who they picked:

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Central American champions Mexico face Asian powerhouse Iran in pre-quarters
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Central American champions Mexico face Asian powerhouse Iran in pre-quarters

Iran have enjoyed a good run in this tournament, beating Guinea (3-1), Germany (4-0) and Costa Rica (3-0) to top Group C, while Mexico have not had a great tournament so far.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Iran have scored 10 goals in three games, but it's their defence that will take them far
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Iran have scored 10 goals in three games, but it's their defence that will take them far

Much praise has been heaped on Iran's creative midfielders and forwards. They have been mercurial up front, but that has only been possible because of their steely defence.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Iran trounce Costa Rica to top Group C after three consecutive wins
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Iran trounce Costa Rica to top Group C after three consecutive wins

While Iran, who topped this group, stay in Goa and will play against one of the third best teams from either Group A, B or F on 17 October.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017​: Iran aim to maintain unbeaten run by defeating Costa Rica in Group C clash
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017​: Iran aim to maintain unbeaten run by defeating Costa Rica in Group C clash

Iran's confidence is sky-high after hammering Germany 4-0 in their previous match.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Group scenarios ahead of final round, and what each team needs to do to qualify
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Group scenarios ahead of final round, and what each team needs to do to qualify

Here's an explainer of the overall qualification criteria and scenarios for each groups of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 going into the final round

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, Costa Rica vs Guinea, Football Match result: Match ends in draw
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, Costa Rica vs Guinea, Football Match result: Match ends in draw

Catch the live scores and updates from the Group C match between Costa Rica and Guinea.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Costa Rica look to bounce back against Guinea after Germany loss
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Costa Rica look to bounce back against Guinea after Germany loss

Costa Rica, who showed a lot of urgency in their attack in the beginning, gave a good account of themselves before losing through substitute Noah Awuku's late goal against Germany.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Germany's sloppiness overshadows glimpses of excellence in scrappy Costa Rica win
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Germany's sloppiness overshadows glimpses of excellence in scrappy Costa Rica win

Germany won, but they almost didn't. They must know that tougher opponents deeper in the competition will pounce on their mistakes and punish them. They must know that they won't get a dozen chances to score against a better defence

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Super sub Noah Awuku scores late to give Germany win against Costa Rica
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Super sub Noah Awuku scores late to give Germany win against Costa Rica

A late goal by substitute Noah Awuku lifted Germany to a 2-1 win over Costa Rica in their opening match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Saturday.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, Germany vs Costa Rica, Football result: Europeans beat Costa Rica 2-1
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, Germany vs Costa Rica, Football result: Europeans beat Costa Rica 2-1

Catch the live scores and updates of the Group C match between Germany and Costa Rica

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Star-studded Germany ready to take on Costa Rica in opening match
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Star-studded Germany ready to take on Costa Rica in opening match

Germany have made 10 appearances in the tournament but have not won the title so far and are now looking to win this time

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Germany firm favourites in Group C, but Iran, Costa Rica and Guinea not here to fill numbers
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Germany firm favourites in Group C, but Iran, Costa Rica and Guinea not here to fill numbers

Somewhere in between, camped at one of India's oldest football hotbeds, is Group C, comprising Germany, Iran, Costa Rica and Guinea, which could be one of the most closely fought groups at the World Cup.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Complete squads of India, Brazil and other participating teams in mega event
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Complete squads of India, Brazil and other participating teams in mega event

With just over a week to go for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 to commence, the 24 participating teams have announced their squad.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Low online sales in Goa prompt organisers to install ticket counters at stadium
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Low online sales in Goa prompt organisers to install ticket counters at stadium

Low online ticket sales in Goa has prompted the Local Organising Committee of the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup to install ticket counters near the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: 'Composed' Costa Rica must break quarters jinx to emulate senior side's success
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: 'Composed' Costa Rica must break quarters jinx to emulate senior side's success

Costa Rica young guns must take a leaf out of their senior side's book and beat the odds to script yet another thrilling story at a FIFA event.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Drawn in tricky Group C, Iran will have to be more than pragmatic to make an impact
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Drawn in tricky Group C, Iran will have to be more than pragmatic to make an impact

Pragmatism may have secured Iran's entry into the World Cup, but they will need much more to succeed at the World Cup in October.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Goa to host Germany and Iran, as fans also look forward to Brazil's match
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Goa to host Germany and Iran, as fans also look forward to Brazil's match

Margao will play host to Germany, Iran, Guinea and Costa Rica with Brazil and Niger playing their final Group D match at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Germany's teens must solve puzzle to win only trophy missing in cabinet
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Germany's teens must solve puzzle to win only trophy missing in cabinet

Germany will be under scrutiny come October when they arrive in India in search of their maiden FIFA U-17 World Cup title after the senior teams have exceeded expectations in recent years.