Win, draw or go home: Ger­many’s equa­tion

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE -

A 0-4 hu­mil­i­a­tion by Iran dent­ing their con­fi­dence, Euro­pean pow­er­houses Ger­many face African side Guinea in a must-win match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here on Fri­day.

Ger­many, who qual­i­fied for this edi­tion of the World Cup due to their fifth place fin­ish from Europe via a play­off, be­gan their cam­paign with an un­con­vinc­ing 2-1 win over Costa Rica be­fore slump­ing to an em­bar­rass­ing 0-4 de­feat to Iran.

Any fur­ther slip-up against Guinea in their last Group C match will see Ger­many mak­ing an early exit from the tour­na­ment.

The Chris­tian Wueck­coached Ger­man side will need a win on Fri­day to se­cure an au­to­matic spot in the Round of 16 as one of the two group top­pers.

Even a draw may see Ger­many through to the Round of 16 but they will be ea­ger to get a win against Guinea as that will give them some con­fi­dence go­ing into the knock­out stages of the tour­na­ment.

With six points in their kitty, Iran have al­ready qual­i­fied for the knock-outs.

In their pre­vi­ous match against Iran, Ger­many dom­i­nated the ball pos­ses­sion but their for­wards were out of sorts as they had just four shots on tar­get, while Iran had 12 such ef­forts, scor­ing four goals out of it.

If it was not for Ger­many goal­keeper Luca Plog­mann mak­ing sev­eral im­por­tant saves, Iran may have won by a big­ger mar­gin.

—FIFA

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