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Goa: Islamic Republic of Iran claimed top spot in Group C at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 after a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica in Goa on Friday.

Defeat for the central Americans sees them miss out on the knockout stages after earning only one point from their three group games.

The Asian side secured their 100 per cent record in the group with two first-half penalties.

Captain Mohammad Ghobeishavi opened the scoring with his spot-kick on 25 minutes before Taha Sharaiati emulated his skipper with a penalty finish of his own four minutes later.

Team Melli cruised through the second half before adding a third goal just before the final whistle through substitute Mohammad Sardari.

The only disappointment for Iran at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was a second yellow card of the competition to Ghobeishavi that will rule him out of their Round of 16 match.


Kochi: DPR Korea gave it their best with steely defending but Spain persevered to win their Group D tie 2-0 to secure their place in the Round of 16 on Friday.

Mostly set-up in the attacking half, the Spanish dominated possession and attempts, but they only managed to put the match away in the late going after an early goal set them on their way.

The opener came in just the fourth minute as Cesar Gelabert found Mohamed Moukhliss, who cut through the middle of the defence and finished easily in the end.

Moukhliss and Gelabert combined repeatedly to threaten the Korean goal, but goalkeeper Sin Tae-song was up to the task and Spanish coach Santi will need to worry about his side’s finishing.

Gelabert finally found a second in the 71st minute after a rare moment of Korean disorganisation saw the ball loose in front of net.

Any hopes of a fightback by the Asians were dashed when Pae Kwang-min saw a straight red card 26 minutes after entering the match as a substitute.

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