Iran U-17 Aims to Add Chapter to History Books
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran is aiming to add another chapter to the history books when it takes on reigning European champion Spain in the quarter-final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 India on Sunday.
Having made the quarter-final for the first time in four attempts, Abbas Chamanian's players will be confident of beating Spain despite the European side being the clear favorite.
Iran has hardly put a foot wrong so far, advancing to the quarter-final with a perfect record of four wins.
It cruised through the group stage with wins over Guinea (3-1), Germany (4-0) and Costa Rica (3-0) before producing a steely performance to overcome Mexico - semi-finalist in the last three editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup - 2-1 in its last-16 clash.
Allahyar Sayyad is Iran’s leading scorer with three goals while Younes Delfi and Mohammad Sharifi have chipped in with two each, giving Iran several options upfront, the-afc.com wrote.
Spain and Iran have never played each other before at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, though there is one record that will encourage the men in red. Going into Sunday's match-up, Spain won all eight of their games against Asian teams.