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No gloomy goodbyes: Five players the U-17 World Cup will miss

With the teams going through to the round of 16 identified, it has meant the end of the road for eight teams at the U-17 World Cup. India and North Korea are the only teams that go out without winning a single point, while Chile and the North Koreans remain the only two teams to not score in the group stages. But that hasn't meant there haven't been some heroic performers from these teams.

Here are five players that impressed, but will not be seen in the World Cup Monday onwards.

Rahul Kannoly, India

Guinea eager to learn from U-17 World Cup experience

 

Guinea failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the FIFA U-17 World Cup following a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Germany on Friday. However coach Souleymane Camara feels the experience will bear fruit in six years' time, when the Africans will host the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the first time.

"We are preparing a crop of players for the future. In 2023, we will be hosting the Cup of Nations, and we will be telling players to play with academies of top division clubs," Camara...

Germany enter knockouts with hard-fought win over Guinea

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Sahverdi Cetin and Jann-Fiete Arp celebrate Germany's third goal.
Sahverdi Cetin and Jann-Fiete Arp celebrate Germany's third goal.
 

Germany bounced back from their shock defeat against Iran as they beat African side Guinea 3-1 to qualify for the knockout round of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Friday.

Germany scored through Jan-Fiete Arp (8th minute), Nicolas Kuehn (62nd) and Sahverdi Cetin (90+2), while Ibrahima Soumah got the lone goal for Guinea in the 26th minute in the final Group C match at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi.

Germany, who had lost to Iran by four goals in their previous match, finished...

Germany keen to put Iran nightmare behind

Debayan Sen reports from Kochi as the final set of games from Group C promise drama.

Think World Cup finals and Germany, and you would be hard-pressed to remember a lopsided scoreline against them in recent history.

The 1998 World Cup is an obvious one, when a 3-0 defeat at the hands of a Davor Suker-inspired Croatia in the quarterfinals prompted an introspection that laid the foundations of a strong youth development system 2000 onwards. It led to the formation of the Under-17 national league in 2007, a system that has delivered Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil and Mats Hummels in recent...

Guinea hold Costa Rica to 2-2 draw

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Ibrahima Soumah celebrates Guinea's equaliser

Goalkeeper Ricardo Montenegro's heroic effort under the bar helped Costa Rica hold Guinea to a 2-2 draw in a Group C match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here today.

Costa Rica, who played a waiting game keeping their defence compact, took the lead in the 26th minute through Yecxy Jarquin.

Guinea dominated the match creating several scoring changes but were denied by rival keeper Montenegro until Fondje Toure restored parity in the 30th minute.

Costa Rica once again took the lead after the change of...