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FIFA U-17 World Cup: Iran punish sloppy Guinea 3-1 in Group C

Iran started their FIFA U-17 World Cup campaign with a convincing victory over Guinea on Saturday.

fifa u17 world cup 2017 Updated: Oct 07, 2017 23:54 IST
Rajesh Pansare
Rajesh Pansare
Hindustan Times, Margao
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Iran defeated Guinea in their Group C encounter at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.(Twitter)

Asian powerhouse Iran got off to a perfect start as they beat Guniea 3-1 in a Group C encounter of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday.

Iran scored all three goals in the second half and Guinea had themselves to blame for the defeat as the goals came courtesy some clumsy play by their defensive line.

Iran’s opener was scored by Allahyar Sayyad in the 59th minute. He pounced on a deflection off defender Issiaga Camara and Salia Bangoura was slow to close down Sayyad.

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With Guinea a goal down, they pushed up in search of an equaliser and that opened up the spaces for Iran. Till that point, Iran were happy to allow Guniea possession, sitting back and defending in numbers.

Iran’s second goal came off a penalty by Mohammad Sharifi after Mohammad Ghaderi was fouled in the box by Cherif Camara. He was shown straight red for dangerous play.

Saeid Karimi scored the third in the last minute of regulation time with Guinea goalkeeper Ibrahima Sylla guilty this time. He couldn’t reach a Vahid Namdari cross and Karimi just had to tap into an open goal.

In the first half, Guinea were the better team and could have scored twice through forward Fandje Toure, but on both occasions he couldn’t.

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His first effort came in the 15th minute but his header hit the post. A few minutes later, he found space on the left after a delightful cross from midfielder Salia Bangoura. He drove inside the Iranian and produced a lethal strike but Iranian goalkeeper Ali Zadeh Gholam dived to his right to make an excellent save.

But once Iran settled in their formation, it was difficult for Guinea to create space. Toure was a silent spectator thereafter as Iran defenders marked him and his partner upfront, Naby Bangoura, closely. Toure did score in the first minute of injury time, but by then it was too late.

Guinea had no answers to Iran’s defensive strategy in the second half as well. While they did make a couple of forays into the opposition half, none threatened the Iranian backline.

First Published: Oct 07, 2017 22:54 IST