FIFA U17 World Cup: Coach Wuck hails European standard Kochi pitch after Germany beat Guinea 3-1
In a match where the sun stayed way and rain graced the occasion, Guinea and Germany were on the pitch to fight for qualification into the Round of 16 of the FIFA U17 World Cup. Kochi saw another low attendance of 9,250 for the electrifying clash. Germany, after a humiliating 4-0 defeat against Iran, were out to prove their intentions in the tournament
Germany started the game strong and showed the real attack German attack and Guinea conceded a freekick in the first minute. Germany only took nine minutes to take the lead in the game, with captain Jann-Fiete Arp scoring the goal from a defensive mistake from the Guinean defence. After conceding, Guinea started showing the African power with strong play and quick attacks, with Doss Soumah missing a close shot.
Germany failed to find the net even though they repeatedly attacked the Guinean goal. The Syli Nationale pushed hard for an equaliser, with Ibrahima Soumah eventually scoring it after a few wasted efforts. Even though it was raining, the Kochi humidity was affecting the players as they stopped for drinks at the half-hour mark. Guinea kept on attacking the Germans aggressively but failed to find the lead before halftime.
Guinea kicked off the second half and started it strongly as they had ended the first half, but slowly Germany got hold of the match and started to attack relentlessly. Guinean goalkeeper Mohamed Camara had saved the goal with few amazing saves and had an amazing double save from close range shot from German striker. The defence didn't help Camara and a defensive error lead to a goal from Nicolas Kuehn. Guinea had chances to equalize, Germany extended the lead in the extra time through a penalty which was converted by Sahverdi Cetin
After the match, Guinean coach Souleymane Camara accepted that the better team won the match. "We have not capitalized on the chances that we got throughout the tournament, we had got nearly 30 chances in but we failed to convert most of it".
The coach also hailed young keeper Camara for his wonderful performance and added: "The goals were due to the errors from the defence, and am happy with the keeper's performance in the tournament". The coach said the players are the future of Guinea and they have gained some valuable experience from the tournament. He ended by thanking the media team and the FIFA team for the support they gave to Guinea in the tournament.
On the other hand, Germany coach Wuck was a relieved man after the win given the pressure he and his team were under after their 4-0 defeat to Iran.
"It was very hard for us to come to the game after the Iran game, the reaction from Germany was very bad. The players had immense pressure for the game, but the boys played cool and got the result".
Wuck said that the conditions in Kochi were better than in Goa and helped the game a lot. The German coach hailed the pitch at Kochi and said the "pitch could be compared to European standards, and the players were able to play better here". He was satisfied with the defence and the five changes he made were manly tactical changes and added that the attackers should make use of the chances they create.
Wuck signed off by saying that the Round of 16 match against Colombia will be a difficult one, the team will take rest and start the preparation for the match soon.