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Dawood the hero again for Iraq

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kolkata: Iraq tasted their maiden win of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup as Mohammed Dawood struck twice to inspire them to a 3-0 rout of Chile in their second group game at the Salt Lake Stadium today.

Dawood struck in the sixth and 68th minutes in the Group F match and led a one-man attack superbly as a historic pre- quarterfinal berth beckons the Lions of Mesopotamia in their second U-17 World Cup appearance.

Chile conceded an own goal through substitute Diego Valencia in the 81st minute.

With the loss, Chile, the last edition hosts, are virtually out of the tournament. Iraq, who had drawn their opening match against Mexico 1-1, are now two points behind group leaders England (six points) and their clash on October 14 will decide the group toppers.

Mexico have one point at third place while Chile, without a point so far, have conceded six goals. Chile and Mexico play against each other on October 14.

The scoreline would have matched England's 4-0 thrashing of Chile but their goalkeeper Rodrigo Cancino denied Dawood a deserving hat-trick from a penalty in the second-half stoppage time. The Asian champions did not give their Latin American rivals any chance and enjoyed a 59 per cent possession.

It was Dawood who gave the lead with a right-footed shot from a difficult angle in the sixth minute.

Dawood made it three goals from two matches, same as Jadon Sancho of England, when he curled in a free-kick to the bottom right corner of the net in the 68th minute. He almost struck a hat-trick from the left side of the box but missed the target in the 74th minute as there was no stopping Iraq who became the Asian U-16 champions in Goa last year.

Honduras put five past New Caledonia
Carlos Mejia and Patrick Palacios each scored twice to lead Honduras to an emphatic 5-0 victory over New Caledonia in Group E at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

There was little to choose in the opening exchanges at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, but just past the midway point of the first half, the central Americans claimed control of the contest with two goals in as many minutes.

Mejia scored the first of his two goals on 25 minutes before the supplier of Honduras’ opener found the scoresheet himself, as Joshua Canales struck home a sublime free-kick two minutes later. Mejia then got his second goal just before the break, as he converted a Santiago Cabrera cross to put Los Catrachos three goals up at half-time.

The CONCACAF side extended their advantage six minutes after the break through a well-taken Palacios header before he got his second of the match in the late stages to secure Honduras’ biggest win at a U-17 World Cup.

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