A 0-4 humiliation by Iran denting their confidence, European powerhouse Germany face African side Guinea in a must-win match of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup here on Friday.
Guinea - a powder keg of superb individual ability married with inexcusable errors at clutch points in their first two games - promised to be an unpredictable team to face, though Thursday's results in Group B had meant Germany basically had to avoid defeat, and even if they had lost, they would have been assured of qualification for the round of 16 unless Costa Rica pulled off a win against table-toppers Iran in Goa. 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.
Costa Rica, on the other hand, started as one of the favourites to make it through from Group C. They played well against Germany for a major part of the game only to throw in the towel in the dying minutes of the game and let their opponents walk away with their first three points of the tournament. We saw their last game on TV yesterday.
The problem for Costa Rica is that they are playing against Iran - a team that has surpassed and shocked most in Goa. The first game against Costa Rica we won (2-1). "Our defence has done a good job till now and we hope they will continue to do the same in the play-offs as well", said Chamanian.
"We have had at least 30 chances across the three games, against Iran, Costa Rica and tonight against Germany". "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".
"Kochi is actually better than Goa".
File image of Allahyar Sayyad of Iran celebrating with team members. "First we have to sleep and recuperate over the next two days".
"It was very hard for us coming into this match from the defeat to Iran", German coach Christian Wuck later said. Their players were very fast. Guinea coach Souleymane Camara would later call him the best player on the pitch, both "tactically and physically". I didn't see that Guinea is much faster than my team. He was satisfied with the defence and the five changes he made were manly tactical changes and added that the attackers should make use of the chances they create. Having lost to Brazil in the opening match, they bounced back to drub Niger and will be in a better frame of mind when they take on the Asians.
"It's important that our players collected nine points", Coach Abbas said during the post match conference at Fatorda.