Younes Delfi's brace helps Iran stun Germany 4-0

Guinea are making their fifth Fifa U-17 World Cup appearance along with Nigeria and Congo

Iran stunned Germany 4-0 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, to qualify for the knockout round of the U-17 World Cup on Tuesday.

The Group C match-up belonged to Team Melli, who dominated a German side that looked out of sorts during the opening 45 minutes.

Younes Delfi opened the scoring for Iran six minutes after the whistle.

The Iranians would not be denied a second goal, and it was Delfi that converted a free-kick in the Germany six-yard box for a deserved two-goal lead on 42 minutes. Read Also: Mexico target fragile England defence The early goal seemed to have taken a toll on the European powerhouse as they struggled to keep up with the pace of the Iranians. They thoroughly outclassed Germany and by doing so, sent a message to other teams in the competition. Costa Rica have a point against Guinea and could have easily carried home another against Germany. Brazil has tamed Spain but face Niger that has surprised many with a shock debut win.

"We respected the German team and we did not underestimate them".

In other contest, Germany will start as favourites when they take on Asian heavyweights Iran in a Group C. Both the teams registered opening victories with Germany getting past Costa Rica 2-1 and Iran beating Guinea 3-1. "Germany is always a tough opponent for any team in the world but we showed a brilliant team performance; we defended excellently and were great in attack", Iran's head coach Abbas Chamanian said.

As per reports, Brazil had it easy in Group D in Kochi having beaten Spain in their opener and DP Korea in their next encounter.

Fatorda: Ibrahima Soumah fired a late equaliser as Guinea held Costa Rica to a 2-2 draw in a hard-fought Group C match of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup here on Tuesday.

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