SPORTS REPORTER GUWAHATI, Oct 11 - France rode on Amine Gouiri’s brace to edge past Japan 2-1 in an exciting match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Sarusajai here today.
France striker Amine Gouiri (left) on the verge of scoring a goal during their FIFA U-17 World Cup match against Japan at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Wednesday. – Photo: Samarendra Sarma
The French dominated the proceedings right from the referee’s whistle while the Japanese players failed to capitalise on their chances in the first half.
France nearly broke the deadlock in the first minute as Gouiri’s right footed shot from the left side of the box missed the target by a whisker.
Yacine Adli setting the ball up with a long pass from the midfield saw Gouiri attempt on target from outside the box but failed to produce the desired result as it went wide of the target by some margin in the eighth minute.
The European giants didn’t take much long to break the deadlock as Gouiri made absolutely no mistake in finding the back of the net in the 13th minute. Receiving a pass from Maxence Caqueret, Gouiri made his way into the left side of the box before finding the back of the net with a fine right footer.
Soichiro Kozuki’s right footed strike from outside the box was well denied in the bottom left corner by French custodian Yahia Fofana in the 36th minute.
Yuki Kobayashi’s header from the centre of the box was close but missed the target by some margin in the 41st minute.
Switching sides, both the teams continued with their attacks, however, it was yet again the inability to take advantage of certain chances which let the Japanese side down.
Having received the ball from Adli, Caqueret’s ambitious right footed shot from outside the box went way above the target in the 49th minute.
France went on to increase the lead through Gouiri again in the 71st minute. Receiving the ball from Adli, Gouiri’s right footed shot from the right side of the box found the bottom left corner of the net.
Taisei Miyashiro who was fouled inside the box by William Bianda saw Miyashiro stepping in to take the penalty. Miyashiro made absolutely no mistake in converting the penalty with a right footed shot in the 73rd minute.
Japan glovesman Kosei Tani produced a fine save in the 85th minute.
Substitute Alan Kerouedan came close to increasing the lead but was well blocked in the 89th minute.