Costa Rica left to rue defensive errors as Germany scrape to a late win in FIFA U17 World Cup
''I'm satisfied with the result but not with the performance of the team'' said Germany head coach Christian Wuck despite substitute Noah Awuka's 89th-minute winner that gave Germany all three points on the night. ''We were very nervous in the first 10-15 minutes, making a lot of mistakes and allowing Costa Rica a few chances on goal as well, it took a while for all the players to get settled'' continued coach Wuck, who was surprised that his team were nowhere close to their best level.
''It was very hard to lose a match right at the end of the time. We analyzed Germany and played well but didn't take our chances. They were also more physical than us'' said Costa Rica head coach Breansse Camacho whose team put up a great fight. Especially in the second half when forward Andre Gomez struck the ball into the back of the net to draw level in the 65th minute.
''We work very hard to avoid mistakes but this is still the U-17 level and our boys are young. Sometimes it is okay to make mistakes because these things help in future development of these players," was what Camacho had to say on defender Amferny Arias' defensive error that led to Germany's first goal scored by their number 9 and captain, Jann-Fiete Arp.
Both coaches also admitted that their respective teams weren't clinical enough in front of goal and didn't make the best use of the chances that they had during the game. However, Germany's Wuck had more to say on the matter; ''We had many chances but weren't on target for most of them. Normally our team takes their chances very well but today I'm not sure what went wrong. Whether it was the pitch or the climate, I can't say for now but whatever it was, we have to improve and work on it' for the next game."
Costa Rica's coach Camacho also admitted that they tried a bunch of different tactics like counter-attacking in the early minutes, possession football halfway through the match and 1v1 man marking in the final quarter of the game but unfortunately, that wasn't enough for Costa Rica to earn any points out of this game.
Both managers also acknowledged their upcoming opponents with Costa Rica's coach Camacho saying: ''We know that Guinea is a very tactical and physical opponent like a typical African team, so our energy levels will have to match," and Germany's Coach Wuck saying, ''Iran will naturally have a slight advantage as they have experienced this climate and played in this city before, but if you players can keep cool and fit we can definitely win.''
''For now, its just rest, sleep and drinking only water, not beer,'' joked a pleased coach Wuck.