France thrash Honduras

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Oct 2017 10:09:28


GUWAHATI,

Oct 14,

(PTI),

EUROPEAN powerhouse France rallied from a goal down to hand a 5-1 drubbing on Honduras and qualify for the knock-out stage as group toppers in the FIFA U-17 World Cup here on Saturday. France had already booked a Round of 16 berth before Saturday’s game but they now go into the knock-out stage with an all-win record (nine points) in Group E. They will face Group D runners-up Spain—European qualifying tournament winners—in their Round of 16 match in Guwahati on October 17.

Despite the loss, Honduras also qualified for the knock-outs as one of the four best third-placed teams. They finished third in the group with three points.Japan finished second in the group with four points after being held by minnows New Caledonia in another match in Kolkata. New Caledonia finished last in the group with one point and were eliminated. France dominated the exchanges with 66 per cent possession and had 10 shots on target as compared to just three by Honduras. Honduras took a surprise lead in the 10th minute through Carlos Mejia but France rallied and then outplayed the Central American rivals with five goals, three of them coming in the second half.

Alexis Flips struck twice in the 23rd and 64th minutes while Wilson Isidor (14th), Amine Gouiri (86th) and Yacine Adli (90+6) were the other France scorers. With his fifth goal in three matches, Gouiri maintained his status as the top scorer of the tournament so far.France had a shot at the Honduras goal as early as the third minute but Isidor’s
right footed shot from the left side of the box was saved by the goalie. It was Honduras who took the lead in the 10th minute as Mejia’s left-footed shot from a difficult angle found the back of the France net.

France equalised in a matter of four minutes when Isidor shot home from the centre of the box after Alan Kerouedan sent him on the clear with a fine through ball.Honduras had two shots at the France goal, one by Mejia in the 20th minute and then by Axel Gomez one minute later but those did not result in any goal.Flips gave the lead to France in the 23rd minute as he beat Honduras goalkeeper with a shot from the centre of the box.France continued their domination in the second session and a Willem Geubbels’ shot hit the left post in the 55th minute.

New Caledonia hold Japan 1-1
EAST Asian powerhouse Japan were held to a 1-1 draw by a spirited New Caledonia but scraped through to the pre-quarterifinals from Group E in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup here on Saturday. Keito Nakamura dribbled his way past the New Caledonia defence from the right to score for Japan in the seventh minute for his fourth goal in three matches.

It looked like a walk in the park for the Japanese who toyed the U-17 World Cup debutants. But it was not to be and Japan survived a second-half scare with New Caledonia making some incisive second-half raids. That led to the equaliser by captain Jekob Jeno who scored in the 83rd minute to earn a historic point for New Caledonia in their first U-17 World Cup appearance. It was also the second U-17 World Cup goal for New Caledonia who scored their first goal of the tournament through Sidri Wadenges in their 1-7 defeat against France.

England blank Iraq 4-0

ENGLAND colts continued their domination crushing Iraq 4-0 in their final group F league encounter to set up a pre-quarterfinal date with Japan. Having won all their three matches, the Young Lions topped group F with nine points while the Lions of Mesopotamia in their second World Cup appearance also qualified for the last-16 by finishing second with four points.

Iraq will lock horns against Mali in their first ever U-17 World cup pre-quarterfinal appearance in Go on October 17 while England and Japan will square off in Kolkata. Having held to a goalless draw by Chile in Guwahati, two-time champions Mexico finished third with two points, while Chile made exit with a single point.

Starting for the first time and with the captain’s arm- band, Manchester United junior Angel Goes put the team ahead in the 11th minute while Arsenal graduate Emily Smith-Owe doubled the lead (59th) on his World Cup debut in front of a 56,373 turnout at the Salt Lake Stadium.

Mexico play out 0-0 draw with Chile

TWO-TIME champions Mexico played out a goal-less draw in a high-intensity Group F final game but that was enough for them to qualify for the knock-out stage. Mexico ended their their group engagements with just two points with two draws and finished third in Group F, behind England and Iraq. They still qualified for the round of 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams.

They had drawn with Iraq 1-1 in their campaign opener before losing to England 2-3 in their second group match.
The Central American champions are the only side in this edition to qualify for the knock-out round without a win.