Iran bow out in quarter-finals

Iran’s impressive run at the Under-17 World Cup came to an end at the quarter-final stages, with Spain and Brazil marching on to the last-four in India.

Abbas Chamanyan Iran had caught the eye in the competition after winning all their games to reach the quarters, but they bowed out with a 3-1 defeat to Spain at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Team Melli Nojavanan looked nervous against the Spanish, who took full advantage to take an early lead through Abel Ruiz (13′), before second-half goals from Sergio Gomez (60′) and Ferran Torres (67′) sealed victory.

Saeid Karimi pulled one back with 20 minutes left on the clock, but the damage had already been done and La Rojita advanced to the semi-finals.

They are joined in the penultimate stage by Brazil, who came from a goal down to beat Germany 2-1 at the Salt Lake Stadium.

Jann Arp fired the Germans in front from the penalty spot on 21 minutes, after Lucas Halter had fouled John Yeboah inside the area. The South American giants absorbed a lot of pressure after going behind to stay in the contest at the break.

They finally hit back through substitute Weverson (71′) before Paulinho (77′) completed the comeback win soon afterwards to march on in India 2017.

Sunday’s results:

Spain U17 3-1 Iran U17
Germany U17 1-2 Brazil U17