Kochi: A 0-4 humiliation by Iran denting their confidence, European powerhouse Germany face African side Guinea in a must-win match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Friday.
Germany, who have qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup as fifth place finisher from Europe via a play-off, began their campaign with an unconvincing 2-1 win over Costa Rica before slumping to an embarrassing 0-4 defeat to Iran. Any further slip-up against Guinea in their last Group C match on Friday will see Germany making an early exit from the tournament.
The German side will need a win tomorrow at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium to secure an automatic spot in the Round of 16 as one of the two group toppers. With six points to their kitty, Iran have already qualified for the knock-outs.
Even a draw may see Germany through to the Round of 16 but they would want a win against Guinea as that will give them some confidence which has been shattered by Iran.
Meanwhile, Spain will enter their final group match against DPR Korea as the firm favourites, looking to secure a Round of 16 berth in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.