- Full slate with four Round of 16 matches on Wednesday
- Hosts Brazil enter the knockout phase
- North American and Asian champions battle in Brasilia
Wednesday boasts a packed Round of 16 menu at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™, with four match-ups that include the two top performers in the tournament thus far.
Brazil and France, the only sides to complete the group stage with a perfect three wins from three matches, will each begin the knockout phase in the late kick-off times. The hosts are pitted against a familiar foe, Chile, who earlier in the tournament notched a breakthrough win over Haiti. It was La Rojita‘s first triumph at a U-17 global finals away from home soil in over two decades.
Les Bleuets have drawn Australia and will come up against Noah Botic, the Joeys’ talismanic No9 and Brazil 2019’s top goalscorer. Australia are on a high after defeating Nigeria in their Group B finale to reach the last 16. France, meanwhile, turned in a trio of impressive performances in Group C, securing wins over Chile, Korea Republic and Haiti.
Wednesday’s early encounters see Japan facing Mexico in Brasilia while Spain take on Senegal in Goiania. The Japanese are the only team in Brazil who have yet to concede a goal, while Mexico are fresh off putting eight past Solomon Islands. The Young Lions of Teranga emerged in second place from one of the most competitive groups in the tournament, which included Japan and the Netherlands. Now they’ll meet the India 2017 runners-up, keen to go one step further in Brazil and lift the trophy for the first time.