Iran set up a quarterfinal clash with Spain with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Mexico in the round of 16 of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Goa on Tuesday.
Mohammad Sharifi gave Iran an early lead from the penalty spot in the 7th minute. The spot kick was awarded following a silly challenge by Adrián Vázquez on Mohammad Ghaderi inside the box. Allahyar Sayyad made it 2-0 in the 11th minute with a neat finish from outside the box.
Iran took their foot off the gas after the early goals,...
After nine days and an impressive ratio of 3.5 goals per match, the group stages of the U17 World Cup are over and it's time to get serious with some knockout football. From here, matches tied at full time will go straight to penalties.
The tournament hasn't been set ablaze so far and perhaps this is the time for real heroes. This is how the matchups look like. The headline clash: France vs. Spain.
Match 3: Iran vs. Mexico - 5pm, Goa
Iran are clear favorites. After demolishing Germany...
Mohammad Ghobeishavi (25') and Taha Shariati (29') scored from the spot in the first half, and Mohammad Sardari made it 3-0 with a late strike as Iran maintained their unbeaten record in the U17 World Cup group stages with a 3-0 win over Costa Rica, which helped them top Group C, going into the knockout stage.
Iran had already qualified for the round of 16 with wins over Guinea and Germany in their first two games.
Germany, who beat Guinea 3-1 at Kochi in the other match of the day, finished...