Following the Korea Republic and the Netherlands, four more teams made it to the second round of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2019 ™, with the progress made by Mexico, Spain, France, and Brazil.
The game with the most goals (five) took place in the South American showdown, where the hosts just left Chile behind. There were almost as many goals in the match between the Les Bleuets and the Aussies, but that draw was one-sided and the Australians had to get the ball off the net four times.
Mexico and Spain prevailed over Japan and Senegal, turning their chances at key moments in the game.
In the quarter-final, the Seleção will face Ecuador or Italy on Monday (20:00 local time), just hours after a Europe-wide duel between Spain and France (16:30 local time). Mexico competes against the Republic of Korea on Sunday (20:00 local time).
Mexico took the path the Netherlands had taken yesterday’s win over Nigeria and was the second-placed team in the opening phase to beat a group winner. The other two-third countries – Australia and Chile – are on their way home after defeats today.
No clean sheet anymore
Japan had made four clean sheets (and 367 minutes) at this level and maintained that in the second half against Mexico, before Eugenio Pizzuto finally broke through with a goal that would mark the end of the tournament as Samurai Blue’s campaign.
France continues its course
Their full internationals are the current FIFA World Cup ™ and the young players are making an impressive run, with France unbeaten in 15 FIFA U-17 World Cups (12 wins and three draws).
One for all, all for one
The Brazilian players needed time to look after a teammate and celebrated their brilliant comeback win. Talles Magno had burst into tears after being knocked out of play due to an injury injury injury in the second half. In the last moments, the Canarinha has been reduced to 10 players. Shortly after the whistle, Brazilian players picked Magno up and carried him off, confirming their strong bond.
FIFA U17 World Cup Brazil 2019 12th Day Matches Results | Wednesday 6 November
Game 1 | Japan vs Mexico | Pizzuto, and Munoz grab their first goals of the tournament
Eugenio Pizzuto and Santiago Munoz scored their first goals at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 ™ to beat Mexico 2-0 against Japan in the second round at the Estadio Bezerrao in Gama. After the Japanese goalkeeper, Zion Suzuki was unstoppable in the first half, the patience of Mexico paid off when he broke the Japanese goal as the first team in Brazil in 2019. El Tri advanced to the quarter-finals, scoring on the self-injured Republic of Korea Angola 1-0 for the final eight places.
It was an overall rather lackluster performance from Japan in Gama, whose outstanding performer Suzuki was in goal. The Japanese midfield, which was excellent throughout the group stage, could not take control of the game. Although Shunzuke Mito and Yamato Wakatsuki had some chances, the Samurai Blue were never sharp enough to finish and never seriously embarrassed Eduardo Garcia’s goal.
The two-time U-17 World Champion showed why they are one of the most successful nations at this age. They have created numerous chances against one of the most prestigious defenses of the tournament. While Efrain Alvarez was in the middle of the game, El Tri regularly looked like a goal in front of the door. Pizzuto’s goal came from distraction, but Munoz’s goal was impressive, putting a powerful shot behind a helpless Suzuki.
Game 2 | Spain vs Senegal | Spain outlast Senegal 2-1 at Goiania’s Estadio da Serrinha
Spain beat Senegal 1-1 at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 ™ on Wednesday in the second round. The Spaniards dominated the pace of the game in the opening round in Goiania and were rewarded with a goal that came in the 27th minute through a brilliant combination game between Pablo Moreno and Roberto Navarro.
The solo performance of German Valera doubled the lead of La Rojita in the 59th minute. Senegal made it late, but India 2017 runner-up is in the quarter-finals of Brazil 2019, where he plays against the winner between France and Australia.
Spain’s goals showed the various ways in which they can beat opponents: through crisp passes and concise team movements or by brilliant individual performances. For her second goal, Valera made a determined run from midfield. The captain had blocked his first shot attempt but was able to quickly catch on the distraction and push the ball deep past Pape Dione. Goalkeeper Ivan Martinez watched most of his action in the last ten minutes and stood tall against the onslaught of crosses sprayed into the box.
The Senegalese attackers put in much more pressure in the second half, but their breakthrough was undoubtedly later than hoped. Substitute Aliou Balde sent across to the post and Souleymane Faye scored with a foot that edged past Ivan Martinez in the 85th minute. The Young Lions of Teranga kept the pressure up until the end of the game but failed to equalize. The U-17 World Cup debutants leave Brazil in 2019 after passing the group stage.
Game 3 | France vs Australia | France speed past Joeys to book a last-eight date with Spain
France defeated the ten-man Australian team 4-0 in Goiania on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 ™. Nathaneal Mbuku scored the first goal in the sixth minute and ended his hat-trick with two goals in the second half. The result is an exciting duel against the Spanish neighbors, who also did the best on November 11 in Goiania, Brazil in 2019.
After Mbuku’s early record, France looked content to withdraw its offensive power and cruise. When the Australian Anton Mlinaric was sent off in the 55th minute, they rushed again. Adil Aouchiche threw a cross pass to Mbuku and France’s No.
19 shot from the left went out of reach of goalkeeper Adam Pavlesic in the 74th minute. The two players joined Mbuku for the third time eight minutes later and substitute Enzo Millot scored an outstanding second half in the 87th minute with his curling goal.
A shot from Cameron Peupion from outside the penalty area gave Melvin Zinga a fine 13th-minute parade, but that was close when Australia fell victim to the goal. The defenders of Joey’s remained determined until Mlinaric showed the red card because of his ruthless duel against Lucien Agoume. From there Australia had to focus almost all its efforts on the defensive end, and finally, the locks opened. They are still looking for their first quarterfinals since 1999.
Game 4 | Brazil vs Chile | Brazil survives a tough test in South American derby
A second-half winner from Diego gave Brazil a 3-2 win over South American rivals Chile and a quarter-final qualifier for the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Wednesday. The hosts were mostly in front of Brasilia despite being short of a brace against Joan Cruz of Chile. Kaio Jorge hit early, but in the first half of the injury break, he needed a penalty from the same player to equalize before the winning hit in the middle of the second half.
Brazil had far better chances to score but was overwhelmed in the second half when Chile desperately tried to keep his campaign alive. The home team will be happy with their offensive performance, but on the debit side, they have twice cashed in the tournament for the first time. Brazil is now facing the winner of Ecuador-Italy looking for a semi-final.
Chile is looking to leave the tournament with a head start as they have brought a strong national team in the first knockout round. La Roja shocked his opponents with a brace from Cruz, who showed an impressive resilience against a home crowd and conceded a goal early. Chile struggled after the break and seemed to be in charge when Diego found the winner with a strong long shot.