- Guinea avoid back-to-back defeats after draw with England
- First ever U-20 World Cup point keeps realistic qualification hopes alive
- Captain Dide Fofana remaining confident about his team’s chances
"Our goal is to go to the knockout stage, so it was a crucial result for us today,” Guinea captain Dide Fofana told FIFA.com after the match. “We could not afford to lose again. We didn't win, but we didn't lose, either! It's a good point. This match against England has been encouraging for us, so now we can move on to facing Argentina."
Although their opening defeat might not have been what Fofana had hoped for, the captain insisted that there remains a belief that they can reach their goal.
"We lost against Korea. That's football. Sometimes you lose. But we had to remain focused, concentrated on what's coming next” he continued. “In the group phase, you have three opportunities. The game against Korea was already over and there were two matches left to play when we came here today.”
Luck and faith
It is fair to say that the Guineans had the luck on their side considering how the first ever U-20 World Cup goal was scored, as Fofana himself admitted. “We worked hard with the coaches before this match against England,” the Haifa FC defender explained.
“We conceded a goal early in the second half, but then their mistake helped us to get the draw. Mistakes are part of football and it was lucky for us that we took profit of it today."
Next up for his side are Argentina, who suffered their second defeat against hosts Korea Republic later a few hours later and are facing a stiff challenge to avoid elimination from the group stage.
"The match against Argentina will be like a final for us. Anything is still possible,” he insisted. “But we have to win, and we have to do whatever is needed. We have to work harder, and be prepared in the terms of spirit. Spirit has so much importance in football. And, with some faith, I believe we can make it."