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Iran rout Costa Rica

14 October 2017
Iran rout Costa Rica

Even a draw may see Germany through to the Round of 16 but they would want a win against Guinea as that will give them some confidence which has been shattered by Iran.

"It was very hard for us coming into this match from the defeat to Iran", German coach Christian Wuck later said. Two minutes later, however, Guinea equalised. "The pressure on the boys was very high".

Germany overcame Guinea 3-1 in a Group C game to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup here on Friday. Their 2-6-2 system was in a total contrast to that of Iran as either team tried to put their best foot forward, in search of a much-needed goal.

Germany started the game strong and showed the real attack German attack and Guinea conceded a freekick in the first minute.

Early in the second half, Guinea goalkeeper Mohamed Camara made a stunning double save to deny Germany the lead, with Nicolas Kuehn directing his shot straight towards the keeper. The Hertha Berlin attacker swapped wings with Kuhn, that also allowed Arp to drop deep from time to time, and on one such break, the German captain set up Kuhn for the second goal.

Guinea did their best but Sahverdi Cetin converted a penalty in the second-half stoppage time to seal the tie for Germany and Guinea were ousted. "We have not capitalized on the chances that we got throughout the tournament, we had got almost 30 chances in but we failed to convert most of it". That boils down to beating Costa Rica to guarantee topping the group."Goa is a good omen for us", the stoic Chamanian said , As Reported By TOI. "Many teams are here and we must respect that". Guinea coach Souleymane Camara would later call him the best player on the pitch, both "tactically and physically".

There was no energy left in the Costa Rican team to match the pace and good skills of their rivals in the second half and as the match wore on, the ultimate result was good enough for Iran to remain as leaders in this C group of matches. We try to learn lessons from them", Chamanian said as he looks ahead to the encounter against Costa Rica."Costa Rica is the toughest team in our group.

Germany now meet Colombia in New Delhi on October 16, and will get one day less to rest for that match than their opponents.

"There are some days when nothing works out, so we knew we had to take something from this game, we knew we had to do something different", said Arp, the Hamburg striker in the Bundesliga. First of all we have to sleep. But I think my players are very strong and very fast.