A cleverly executed Japanese counter, an exciting attacking display from Paraguay’s front two and a typical Irish headed goal; Day 7 at the FIFA World Youth Championship UAE 2003 was full of highlights – selected by FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG).

Kalil Al Zayyani (KSA): “A calm finish”

"No doubt about it, Japan's goal against Egypt was the day's most outstanding play here in Dubai. I'd go as far as saying it was a perfect counter-attack. The Egyptians were looking to score first and pushed up their defence. The long, measured pass for Sota Hirayama on the break was just right, as was the striker's run. He used his skill and strength to leave Sherif Ekramy floundering and calmly put it away."

Jean-Paul Brigger (FIFA): “Lopez and Haedo Valdez shone”

Paraguay played a fine game against Germany, keeping their shape andcontrolling the rhythm of play. But the difference for them really came inthe form of Dante Lopez and Nelson Haedo Valdez. They each got a goal inthe game and always looked a threat to the Germans. Lopez even managed tocreate the second goal for his teammate. The efforts of these two trulymade the difference for the South Americans.

Horst Kriete (GER): “A typical Irish headed goal”

The key moment of this match was undoubtedly the first Irish goal . It wascrafted by Stephen Paisley, a defender who didn't play in the first match,but who scored a similar goal in the second.This time the free kick came from the right. Willo Flood took it, obviouslylooking for Paisley, who rose and headed the ball in a typically Irish way: strong and accurate - like a shot.

The goal put the Irish ahead on the scoreboard, and they went on towithstand the waves of Mexican attacks, with Paisley giving no quarter atthis end either. They were successful in their task. It is worth noting,incidentally, that three of the six Irish goals were scored by defenders.This proves that Ireland a team where everyone contributes to crafting their goals and that they have great tactical flexibility.What is the TSG?:

When does a deflected shot become an own goal? At what point does a good pass become an assist? What are the objective facts that lead to the nomination of a "Man of the Match" at a FIFA World Cup™ match? Such questions are meat and drink to the TSG, or Technical Study Group, a prestigious phalanx of some of soccer's top technicians. Their mission: to dissect the most effective tactical plans and latest advances in the game in order to transmit them to the world.
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Members of the TSG in UAE:

Abu Dhabi: Gabriel Calderon (ARG), Jean-Paul Brigger (FIFA), JurgNepfer (FIFA)
Dubaï: Chief A.O. Onigbinde (NGA), Kalil Al-Zayyani (KSA)
Al Ain: Horst Kriete (GER)
Sharjah: Alvin Corneal (TRI)