Iran, that beat Guinea in the opening match, now sits on top of the group with six points and thus qualified for the next round.
The first match between Iran and Costa Rica is as crucial as the second as a win to the latter could see the latter in the next round or at least qualify through the back door if Germany keeps leaving their fans in shock again. Iran play their last match against Costa Rica on 13 October in Margao while Germany travel to Kochi to play against Guinea. Iran has already made through but will like to finish in an unassailable position in Goa. Coach Souleymane Camara's main concerns will be his profligate forward line that produced 42 attempts on goal in their drawn match against Costa Rica but scored only twice. They are also mentally a very good team. We saw a brilliant team performance from a united team (Iran). As for Guinea, they need a win to entertain any hopes of qualification after the loss against Iran and the draw against Costa Rica. "One of them was focused exclusively on learning to control and stop the Germans in attack and the other training session was to utilize and capitalize on the weak points of the German defence", Chamanian concluded. We knew and studied about the attacking abilities and formation of Germany. Thanks to the Portuguese connection, they are sure to get strong crowd support and will be looking to take advantage of it. Debutant Niger, on the other hand, had a dream start to the tournament when they won their opening encounter against North Korea but lost the next game to Spain.
DPR Korea frustrated Brazil by sitting deep and relying on counter-attacks in their previous match and Spain will expect a similar experience in a must-win match for the La Rojitas.
Now they have no option but to win if they want to have any chance of advancing to the next stage of the tournament.