FIFA U-17 World Cup: Pre-Quarterfinal lineup and match schedule
Get the pre-quarterfinals line-up of the FIFA U-17 World Cup and the match schedule here:Updated: Oct 14, 2017 23:37 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The business end of the FIFA U-17 World Cup is upon us from Monday (October 16) with the knockouts, starting with the pre-quarterfinals (Round of 16). The action so far -- in the group stages -- have been exciting with some of the best young players in the world, the future superstars, displaying their skills, grit and fighting spirit, while scoring some memorable goals as well.
With the knockouts, things can only get better as the stakes are much higher. A slip up would mean an abrupt exit from the tournament. The pre-quarterfinals have some exciting match-ups on the cards right from Day 1. The Colombia vs Germany match -- which features a well-oiled European side and a South American side that has gotten better with every match this tournament -- should bring out some fireworks.
Iran, who shocked the Germans in the group stage, look like the team to beat in the knockouts. They won Group C and will take on Mexico, who finished third from Group F. While Iran is favourite in that match-up, the Mexicans have the firepower and an upset can’t be discounted.
Then there are the powerhouses -- Brazil and Spain, who came out of the ‘Group of Death’ (Group D) as the top two teams. The Brazilians have been sublime and look invincible. They take on Honduras (third in Group E but looked impressive against France and Japan) in Kochi on October 18, while Spain have a tough task against France, the Group E winners.
Get the pre-quarterfinals line-up of the FIFA U-17 World Cup and the match schedule here:
FIFA U-17 World Cup Round of 16 matches
October 16, Monday:
Colombia vs Germany (Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi -- 5 pm)
Paraguay vs USA (Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi -- 8pm)
October 17, Tuesday:
Iran vs Mexico (Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa -- 5 pm)
France vs Spain (Indira Gandhi Stadium, Guwahati -- 5pm)
Mali vs Iraq (Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa -- 8pm)
England vs Japan (Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata -- 8pm)
October 18, Wednesday
Ghana vs Niger (DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai -- 5 pm)
Brazil vs Honduras (Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi -- 8pm)
First Published: Oct 14, 2017 23:15 IST