Traditional favourites look to continue Indian odyssey.

Traditional favourites look to continue Indian odyssey.

This article and photograph were lifted from the FIFA website.

Two-time winners Ghana play Niger in Navi Mumbai

  • Three-time champions Brazil face Honduras in Kochi
  • Final day of the Round of 16


DAY PREVIEW – The last two Round-of-16 matches at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 feature two title contenders in the shape of Brazil and Ghana, who have won the competition five times between them. Lining up against them will be Honduras and Niger respectively.

The South Americans have been in excellent form to date, winning all three of their group matches and conceding just the one goal, with Lincoln and Paulinho forming a deadly duo up front. If they can counter the Brazilian threat, the Hondurans need to take what chances come their way and cut out the defensive errors that cost them against Japan and France in the group phase.

Ghana have also struck a fine balance between defence and attack, conceding just the one goal so far. They can take nothing for granted against their fellow Africans, however. Niger won through from a group containing Brazil and Spain, and will not be fazed at the prospect of taking on another heavyweight of the youth game.

The games
Wednesday 18
Dr. DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
Ghana-Niger (17:00)

Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, Kochi
Brazil-Honduras (20:00)

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What you need to know
1. Haven’t we met before? Ghana and Niger played out a goalless draw in the semi-finals of this year’s CAF Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Gabon, with the Ghanaians eventually progressing 6-5 on penalties. Having hit the bar four minutes from the end of normal time in that game, Niger midfielder Habibou Sofiane will be hoping for a different outcome on Wednesday.

2. Second bite of the cherry for Valladares. Brazil and Honduras will face off for the second time at the U-17 world finals. Catrachos coach Jose Valladares was on duty at the first meeting, at UAE 2013, when the Brazilians won 3-0. Can he engineer a happier ending for his side this time around?

The stat
11 –
 The number of goals Honduras conceded in the group phase, more than any other side in the last 16.

The quote
“We know Ghana very well from the African championships. They’re a tough team. We’re just focusing on this game and we’re ready. If we’re going to be beat them, we need to believe in our own strengths.”
Niger coach Ismaila Tiemoko

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