Win, draw or go home: Germany’s equation
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.