#Vejen2016: Day 2

#Vejen2016: Day 2


Iran - Germany

Iran beat Germany in the opening Group C match 7-1. Mehdi Jamali was the main difference between the two sides. He scored four goals over the hour and spent time in every position of the pitch bar playing in goals.Jaem Bakhshi had two first half goals as they led 4-1 at the break following the concession of an own goal by centre back Lotfolloh Jangjou.The impressive captain Sadegh Hassani dictated the tempo of game until he was replaced early in the second half, consequently Iran failed to score in the final 22 minutes once their captain was replaced.

However credit must go to a young German side who frustrated Iran for long periods led by their excellent goalkeeper Rene Heinen. Germany put up a brave display and will be a match for many sides in this tournament not least tomorrow's opponents Northern Ireland.

view match report

Portugal - South Korea

Portugal put themselves in pole position to qualify from Group B following a 3-0 win over the Republic of South Korea. Captain Vitor Vilarinho opening the scoring on 11 minutes when his well taken corner went straight to the net. However Portugal did not have it all their own way as a well drilled Korea team put up a good fight. They restricted Portugal to very few opportunities for the next 30 minutes of the game being led by excellent left back Beomjum Choi. 

With 15 minutes to go Korea's goalkeeper made a great save but unfortunately for him the ball broke to Portugal's centre forward Tiago Ramos who had an easy finish to the Korean net. A third goal soon followed as Portugal comfortably closed out the remainder of the game to secure the valuable 3 points.

The next game in the 3 team group sees Venezuela take on Korea tomorrow.

view match report

Scotland - Spain

Scotland beat Spain 5-0 in the opening game in Group A. In truth the scoreline flattered Spain as Scotland missed a hatful of chances throughout the game. Scotland played an attacking brand of one and two touch football with debutant Sean Stewart giving them the lead in the 5th minute. They took a 2-0 lead into the interval. In the second half they introduced Kyle Hannin and youngster Blair McGregor. Both players got on the scoresheet as Scotland continued to dominate the second half.

Spain offered little in attack but probably had one eye on tomorrow's encounter with Australia which is likely to see the winner of that game into the quarter final.

view match report

Denmark - Japan

Japan beat Denmark 2-1 in a tense encounter with a 58th minute winner from Taisei Taniguchi.This result has all but ended Denmark's chances of making the last eight. The final scoreline was tough on Denmark who dominated the game for long periods but were frustrated by a strong Japanese defense who played counter attacking football. 

Japan's young side were well drilled by coach Sotaro and well marshalled by centre back Tetsuya Toda .Both Japan's goals came from counter attacks following lapses in the Danish midfield. The result means that Japan have reached the quarter-finals unless Finland can beat Canada by a large margin in final game of day 2.

view match report

Canada - Finland

Canada had an easy 10-0 victory today to secure their place in the quarter-finals alongside Japan. Canada were 5-0 up inside 20 minutes with forward Matt Brown grabbing a hat-rick. Over the course of the game captain Samuel Charron and Liam Stanley would also grab hat-rick's. Charron and Stanley played like seasoned veterans even though they are both still 17.

Canada will be fully aware that stiffer tests lie ahead but they have been foot perfect so far with two 10-0 victories. For Finland, they will try and get their first win of the competition when they play Scandinavian neighbours Denmark in the final round of the group stage.

view match report