France dismantle their Francophone cousins New Caledonia to start the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup with a bang
A brace from Amine Gouiri helped France dismantle their Francophone cousins New Caledonia 7-1 in their first game of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Guwahati.
The Indira Gandhi Stadium in Guwahati witnessed a David vs Goliath battle in the opening Group E game of the FIFA U-17 World Cup. New Caledonia’s Bernard Iwa scored an own goal five minutes into kick-off to give France the lead before Amine Gouiri doubled the lead in the 20th minute. Paris Saint-Germain starlet Claudio Gomes scored the third before Gouiri scored another to seal off his brace. Maxence Caqueret scored France’s fifth goal and Kiam Wanesse scored an own goal to make it 6-0 to France at half time. Sidri Wadenges came up with a consolation goal for the World Cup debutants in the 90th minute but Wilson Isidor restored France’s 6-goal lead barely a minute later to seal a French dominance against New Caledonia.
World Cup debutants New Caledonia lined up in a 4-4-1-1 formation but all systems went out of the window as France put the foot on the gas right from the word go. Five minutes into the game, Bernard Iwa sent the ball straight into his net from Yacine Adli’s shot inside the box.
The next French wonderkid Amine Gouiri, routed to be Griezmann’s successor, scored the first real goal for Les Bleueta when he sent his right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.
It didn’t take too long for France to triple their lead as skipper Claudio Gomes, touted to be Marco Verratti’s successor at the Paris Saint Germain Academy added in the third in clinical fashion.
As Oumar Solet initiated play from a high defensive line for France, New Caledonia were pushed in deep into their own half. Gouiri brought up his brace with a skilful display of one-touch tactics with the help of Adli and Caqueret soon after.
Oumar Solet came close to scoring France’s fifth in the 35th minute with a header. In the very next minute, Willem Geubbels had an amazing opportunity to handover a five goal lead to France but his close-range header was too high to cause the Caledonians any sort of problems.
However, France soon made amendments for missing such golden opportunities as Maxence Caqueret fired a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner to handover a five-goal lead to France.
Kiam Wanesse’s misfortune in the 43rd minute meant France were already half a dozen goals up by the first forty-five minutes.
New Caledonia showed far better resilience when the game resumed after the lemon break. Ten minutes in, goalkeeper Une Kecine blocked off Caqueret’s penalty after substitue Raoul Wenisso brought down Adli inside the box.
The crowd took the side of the underdogs as it bore fruit when Sidri Wadenges scored a left footed shot to the centre of the goal; assisted by Cyril Nyipie who had a stint with Ligue 1 club Stade Rennais earlier this year.
However, WIlson Isidor made sure the half a dozen difference was maintained a minute later, scoring into a practically empty net after a swift counter.
The curtains were drawn in what was a historic encounter given the relation between the two nations. With the Independence referendum slated only until next year, mainland France emerged the winner on the night, till now.