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Goa: Iran booked their place in the Round of 16 at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 with a convincing 4-0 victory over Germany in Goa on Tuesday evening.

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 on six minutes before striking the crossbar with an audacious free-kick effort on the quarter-hour mark.

If it was not for Germany goalkeeper Luca Plogmann making several important saves, Iran may have been out of sight before half-time at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, as Delfi and Allayahr Sayyad caused the European side numerous problems.

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.

Any hopes that Germany had of a comeback were ended four minutes after the break, as Sayyad’s diving header to Delfi’s excellent cross put the Asian outfit three goals to the good.

Substitute Vahid Namdari then finished off a fine counter-attacking move with a quarter of an hour remaining to complete an emphatic result for Iran, who play Costa Rica in the final group match on Friday. 


Kochi: Goals from Lincoln and Paulinho lifted Brazil to a 2-0 victory over DPR Korea in Group D, a result that sees them secure a spot in the Round of 16 as at least one of the best third-place teams.

They lead Group D with six points from two contests, three ahead of both Spain and Niger,

The Brazilians were relatively frustrated by the Asians in their attacking ambitions, although they had their first clear chance as early as the first minute when Korean goalkeeper Sin Tae-song brilliantly denied Lincoln in a one-on-one situation.

The Koreans settled into a defensive gameplan after that and largely succeeded in keeping the game at a static pace in the first half.

In the second period, Brazil started to come alive and it was Lincoln who was there to capitalise with a header from a deflected free-kick after the DPR Korea goalkeeper rushed out of his goal.

Just after the hour mark Paulinho doubled the score after running onto a penetrating through ball and finishing with a slick touch to beat the stranded goalkeeper.

Brazil goalkeeper Gabriel Brezao made sure the score stayed the same in the final minutes, denying a good attempt from Kim Porn-hyok.

Sources: FIFA / Getty Images 

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