Iran Tops Group C

Iran Tops Group CIran Tops Group C

Iran claimed the top spot in Group C at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, underway in Goa, India, with nine points after a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica on Friday.

Iran had already secured a place in the Round of 16 with two convincing wins over Guinea (3-1) and Germany (4-0).

According to FIFA website, the Asian side secured their 100% record in the group with two first-half penalties.

Captain Mohammad Ghobeishavi opened the scoring with his spot-kick in the 25th minute before Taha Sharaiati emulated his skipper with a penalty finish of his own four minutes later.

Iran cruised through the second half before adding a third goal just minutes before the final whistle through substitute Mohammad Sardari.

The only disappointment for Iran at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was a second yellow card of the competition for Ghobeishavi, which will rule him out of their Round of 16 match.

Iran will stay in Goa and will play against one of the third best teams from either Group A, B or F on October 17.

Costa Rica that needed a win to keep themselves in fray for the knockouts, found the going tough and was not allowed space by the Iranian defenders. Defeat for the Central Americans sees them miss out on the knockout stages after earning only one point from their three group games.

Germany beat Guinea 3-1 at Kochi in the other match of the day and finished second with six points, and will now travel to Delhi to play against Colombia in the knockout round.


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