The quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 begin on Sunday with two matches involving four different football schools.
The action begins with the first meeting between the Netherlands and Paraguay in the history of the competition. The European champion was close to the break in the group stage but could record two wins for the first time since 2005 to reach the last eight.
Sontje Hansen, the tournament’s top scorer, must do his best to impress a solid Paraguayan defense. Los Guaraníes recorded one of the results of the competition in the preliminary round and expressed all her spirit and her abilities to overcome a 2-0 deficit against Argentina. In the U-17 World Cup, they reached their best performance in 1999 with the knockout stages.
In today’s evening game, the Republic of Korea will put their defensive organization against Mexico to the test. The Korean captain is goalkeeper Shin Songhoon, while the Mexicans impressed in the group stage and built a stage in the preliminary round against Japan.
The only time the two nations faced each other in the age group before was the knockout stage in Nigeria in 2009 when the Koreans won 5-1 on penalties following a 1-1 draw.
Paraguay and the Korea Republic are the only remaining out of eight remaining teams at Brazil 2019, who have never played in a FIFA U-17 World Cup semi-final.
While the Koreans scored five of their six goals in the first half, eight of Mexico’s goals came after the break.
Santiago Munoz (striker, Mexico)
Mexican number 9 showed an excellent performance against Japan. In addition to scoring a good goal, he led the line with honors, offering his team the opportunity to demonstrate his intelligence and goalkeeping throughout the day. His tandem with Efrain Alvarez pays off for the team and it will be interesting to see him beating a Korea Republic side who likes to defend numerically.
Kenneth Taylor (Midfielder, Netherlands)
The captain of Oranje is the dominant presence and the pivotal midfielder of an offensive team. His partnership with Youri Regeer has gained increasing influence throughout the tournament.
Today’s Fixtures | FIFA U17 World Cup Brazil 2019 | Sunday 10 November