THE DAY REPLAYED – Iran, Spain, England and Mali emerged winning in a dayâ€™s 4 Round-of-16 ties during a FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.
The Iranians pounced on dual early lapses by a Mexico counterclaim to take an irrefutable lead and allege into a final 8 for a initial time during their fourth attempt. Defeat meant a back step for a Mexicans, who reached a semi-finals during a final 3 U-17 universe finals.
Spain came from behind to strike out France, not for a initial time this year. After thwarting what had been a competitionâ€™s many inclusive attack, La Rojita are now behest for a third uninterrupted semi-final place.
England unsuccessful to strike their group-phase heights though did adequate from a chastisement mark to corner out Japan and equal their best-ever opening during a competition, that came during Korea Republic 2007 and Mexico 2011.
Chile 2015 runners-up Mali had no such problems in saying off Iraq, with Lassana Ndiaye distinguished twice to join Franceâ€™s Amine Gouiri as a tournamentâ€™s corner tip scorer with 5 goals.
What we learned
Iranian football on a roll
Three months after apropos a initial Asian nation to strech a 2018 FIFA World Cup Russiaâ„¢, Iran achieved another footballing high, with a nationâ€™s U-17s advancing to a final 8 of a universe finals for a initial time ever. On their 3 prior appearances in a competition, a Iranians fell in a organisation proviso once and a final 16 twice.
Just as they did in a quarter-finals of this yearâ€™s UEFA Under-17 Championship, Spain finished Franceâ€™s hopes. And as on that occasion, a Spanish came from behind, with skipper Abel Ruiz again scoring a leader from a spot.
Anderson strikes twice
Though England screw Curtis Anderson did not have most to do in normal time opposite Japan, he valid a protected span of hands when a diversion went to a chastisement shoot-out. Anderson pulled off what valid to be a wilful save from Hinata Kida before soon stepping adult to modify his sideâ€™s fourth spot-kick.
Stat of a day
2,000 – Maliâ€™s Hadji Drame wrote his name into a U-17 World Cup record books by scoring a 2,000th idea in a tournamentâ€™s history.
“Weâ€™ve mislaid to Spain again. We could have left through, though we knew we didnâ€™t have most domain for error. Theyâ€™ve got good players all over a representation and we donâ€™t have a knowledge they do, that showed during a finish of any half. They know how to hoop those phases of a game; we donâ€™t.â€ France manager Lionel Rouxel