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Collective performance, tactical geniuses help Iran inflict upset on Germany

12 Oct 2017 05:57am IST
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12 Oct 2017 05:57am IST

PANJIM: Iran’s Younes Delfi claim to fame after his stellar performance on Tuesday might be the architect of arguably one of the biggest upsets at FIFA U-17 World Cup finals.

ALLAN D’CRUZ


PANJIM: Iran’s Younes Delfi claim to fame after his stellar performance on Tuesday might be the architect of arguably one of the biggest upsets at FIFA U-17 World Cup finals.

The striker netted twice and was instrumental in another as Iran stunned European powerhouse Germany in front of the 8000 odd spectators gathered at the Fatorda.

The results were least expected by anyone— Germans were awfully poor while the Iran were undeniably the best side on the field.

Following short of words, Germany coach Christian Wuck admitted his side weren't the best and Iran excelled in all departments of the game.

“Iran played a good, fast paced and attacking game,” said German coach.

The Iranians inflicted toughest setback on the Germany players, who will have to recover now for their match against Guinea.

While many praised and applauded Iran’s exceptional performance in the last two games, goal scorers Younes Delfi and Allahyar Sayed claimed they achieved the feat due to ‘collective team performance’ and coach’s ‘tactical geniuses’.

“The reason we managed to beat Germany was due to the team effort as we played as an unit. United we all put up a brilliant performance,” said Allahyar Sayed.

Iran usually known for their slow start, surprised the audience and the German team with their attacking intent from the word go. Coach Abbas Chamanian didn't show any signs of fatigue or nervousness as they began their onslaught on the Germans.

“Our head coach said before match that they have problems in their defence. Their defence lacked speed. And we used this to our strength and we scored,” revealed Sayed, who scored his second goal of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Coach Abbas revealed that his side has studied the Germany’s style of play against Costa Rica.

“We studied them and planned our match. Moreover, we executed them in the game plan. We worked as a team. Defended well and were equally good at attack. The players played their hearts out,” said joyous Abbas.

According to Abbas, Iran worked on two aspects on Germany’s weakness— Firstly controlling the Germany pace and marking the attack and secondly, utilising Germany’s weakness to their strength.

Delfi, whip was the star player for Iran, also revealed that they had studied and analysed the German play against Costa Rica.

“We used the space of defenders and we created opportunities to score goals. We also played direct and long ball to get the ball over German defence as our coach had done a detailed analyses which worked for us,” said Delfi.

Delfi, who idolises Cristiano Ronaldo, wants to better than the Portugal captain.

“My idol is Cristiano Ronaldo and I like imitating him in free kicks, but my aim is to be better than him. One day I will be better than Cristiano.

The duo —Delfi and Sayed took time to praise and acknowledge Mohammad Sharifi, who assisted two goals for his teammates.

“Mohammad Shirifi is a playmaker and that a plus to our attack,” they revealed.

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