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Kolkata: Impressive forward Mohammed Dawood (picture above, left)  scored a goal in each half to help power Iraq past Chile 3-0 in Group F at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.

The Iraqis are now well-placed to advance with four points from two matches after an opening 1-1 draw with Mexico.

England top the group with six points, while El Tri are on one and Chile have yet to score a goal or earn a point.

Dawood opened his account in the sixth minute, showing determination and quickness to control a rebound from his own shot before bursting past two defenders.

His shot from a tight angle was deflected, which left no chance for goalkeeper Rodrigo Cancino. 

The second goal was sheer class as Dawood’s free-kick from a few yards outside of the box curled around the wall and into the net.

There was a third for Iraq, the AFC U-16 Championship 2016 winners, as Diego Valencia scored an own goal in the 81st minute and Dawood could have completed his hat-trick but for a fine save by Cancino on a penalty in second half injury time.


Guwahati: Japan suffered their first defeat in the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 by a narrow 2-1 margin to France in Group E on Wednesday. 

It was France who caused the Japanese problems in the early stages at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, with Gouiri (picture above, left) posing a particular threat.

The Olympique Lyonnais youngster opened the scoring on 13 minutes, as he powered a shot through the legs of Japan goalkeeper Kosei Tani.

Despite falling behind, Japan grew into the contest and had chances themselves.

The best of those opportunities was a free-kick effort from Keito Nakamura that took a big deflection off the France wall and flew just wide of the target.

At the other end, Maxence Caqueret was unlucky not to see a long-range strike hit the target before the half-time break.

The prolific Gouiri would score again just past the midway point of the second half, as he finished off a superb bit of inter-play with Yacine Adli in the Japanese box.

Yet, the second France goal prompted a reply for Japan, who halved the deficit through a Taisei Miyashiro penalty.

Nonetheles, the French held on for a second straight win in the competition.

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