2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Wrap (Matchday 8): West African Teams Suffer Contrasting Fortunes

West African sides Guinea and Niger Republic suffered contrasting fortunes amidst respective defeats on Matchday 8 at the 2017 FIFA u-17 world cup in India.

Guinea were beaten 3-1 by Germany in their final game in Group C and didn’t make it to the next round after missing out on the best third-placed finish spots. Jann-Fiete Arp scored the opening goal for the Germans before Ibrahima Soumah netted his 2nd goal of the tournament to level proceedings for his Guinean side. Nicolas Kuhn and Sahverdi Cetin thereafter scored for Germany to seal a 3-1 win.

In the other game in Group C, Iran showed their supremacy once again following the 3-0 thrashing of Costa Rica thereby maintaining their 100% record at the tournament.

Another West African side in Niger Republic however made it to the second round after finishing in one of the best third-placed spots despite a 2-0 loss to favourites Brazil in Group D. Lincoln netted the opener for his 3rd strike of the tournament before Sao Paulo forward Brenner completed the win to make it 3 victories from 3 games for the Brazilians.

In Group D’s other game, Spain also defeated North Korea by the same 2-0 scoreline through goals from Moha and Cesar, who has now scored 2 goals.

Group C

Costa Rica 0-3 Iran

Guinea 1-3 Germany


  1. Iran 9 points
  2. Germany 6 points
  3. Guinea 1 point
  4. Costa Rica 1 point

Group D

Spain 2-0 North Korea

Niger Republic 0-2 Brazil


  1. Brazil 9 points
  2. Spain 6 points
  3. Niger Republic 3 points
  4. North Korea 0 point


Matchday 9 Fixtures:

Group E

France vs. Honduras

Japan vs. New Caledonia

Group F

England vs. Iraq

Mexico vs. Chile