countrys national Under-17 footballers were counting
five more lessons following their final Group F encounter
at the 2007 FIFA Under 17 World Championship as they suffered
a 5-0 defeat to eventual Group toppers Germany in Changwon
Going into the affair with pride only at stake, T&T
helped the Germans avoid Brazil in the next phase as they
finished on seven points, one ahead of second place Ghana.
T&T finished the Group at the bottom without a point,
conceding 14 goals and scoring one through Stephan Campbell
in the opening 4-1 loss to Ghana.
Skipper Leston Paul and his teammates depart for Seoul today
where they will stay two days before arriving in Port of
Spain on Thursday morning via New York.
really all about learning lessons and we have to admit it
at this stage. We said it was the third game which we would
have given everything but it showed the difference in level
again. We were already four goals down so when Germany took
the speed out of the game it gave us a chance to play but
that was not a true reflection, said coach Anton Corneal
said in the post game.
I told the players, I want them all to write about their
experience and go over it. I hope that when its time
to prepare again we all go into it with more enthusiasm
because they know what type of gap we are talking about
closing. This whole lesson was a tough one for all of us
to learn as a footballing nation but I hope we are all better
players after going through this.
T&T had goalie Jessie Fullerton starting for the first
time while defender Sheldon Bateau and striker Marcus Joseph
also made their first starts of the tournament. And inside
one minute Fullerton had to save when Bateau panicked at
the back allowing Henning Sauerbier to get a shot off.
Bateaus crunching tackle put Gemanys big striker
Richard Sukuta-Pasu out of the game with an ankle gash but
his replacement Alexander Esswein was more effective when
he came on, netting two goals. The Germans grabbed a fifth
minute lead when Fabian Broghammer made inroads on the left
before shooting past a hapless Fullerton.
Before ten minutes elapsed, Fullerton also had to deny the
same player as the Germans came out pressing for the go
After T&T keeper denied Esswein, the resulting corner
saw the same player see his header helped over the line
by defender Akeem Adams for a 2-0 advantage on 31 minutes.
Aaron Maunds over bar effort was the closest for T&T
in the opening period.
T&T continued conceded another from Esswein in the 37th
minute, connecting with neat pass from Broghammer.
The livewire forward could have made his hat trick seconds
later, but Fullerton managed to parry away his powerful
shot from 20 metres.
Captain Patrick Funk scored Germanys fourth goal of
the night on 39 minutes when he perfectly guided home Sascha
Bigalkes ball from the left.
Surprising though was that the possession percentage was
50 apiece at the break but the Germans were already making
sure of the three points.
T&Ts game got some polish on it after the resumption
with Josephs free kick just missing the crossbar as
T&T jostled and managed more time in and around the
opposition penalty area.
Maund went close again in the 69th with a shot which flew
inches past the far post and Joseph forced the best out
of goalkeeper Rene Vollath in the 77th minute with his left
foot shot after Bateau made a run goalwards.
The Germans added a fifth item three minutes into added
on time through Kevin Wolze. T&T picked up five cautions
and ended the game with higher possession 54-46 percent
according to the match stats.
wasnt the way we wanted to end it but it shows that
we have more work to do and I think we accept that. Just
being here was an experience for all of us and I hope we
can look back and not see it as wasted. We want to keep
qualifying for World Cups but we want to perform highly
as well, was what skipper Paul felt after Japanese
Yuichi Nishimura blew the whistle to end T&Ts
campaign on the field in Korea.