No quarter will be asked or given in this enticing last-16 fixture. The North Africans, contesting the second round of a FIFA competition for the first time, will be trying to overcome a France side who only secured their place in the knockout phase with a come-from-behind victory over Japan in their final group game. The question now is: can Tunisia build on their achievement and go even further, or will France show their true colours, having cleared the first hurdle.
Tunisia - France, Changwon, 29 August, 17:00 (local time)
France, who left it late in their final Group D game to get this far, will be facing a Tunisia side that powered to three wins from three in Group E. The Carthage Eagles will feel right at home at the Changwon Stadium, having already played there twice, although their opponents will be hoping to make up for that with support from the sizeable population of French workers based at the nearby industrial complex.
The victors will travel to Jeju for the quarter-finals, where they will face the winners of the Spain-Korea DPR match taking place at the same time.
Although Tunisia are still without injured defender Hamza Tlili, they welcome back Meher Jaballah after a one-match suspension for two yellow cards. France defender Badis Lebbihi will also return, and goalkeeper Joris Delle who sat out the Japan game, is another who looks set to start.
This is the second time the sides have meet at a FIFA youth competition, the first coming at the inaugural edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, at Tunisia 1977, when France got the better of their hosts 1-0. And while this is the North Africans' first foray beyond the group stage, it will be the third time for the French, who have reached the knockout stages at each of the three FIFA U-17 tournaments they have played in. In their maiden appearance, Les Bleuets lost to the USSR at the quarter-finals of Canada 1987 (3-2), before beating Nigeria (3-0) en route to taking the title at Trinidad and Tobago 2001.
"We now have to measure up to the French, who are a difficult adversary, although I'm confident that we can still win. In fact, I still don't know what the limits of this team are. In any case, we're certainly having a remarkable time at this tournament." Maher Kanzari, Tunisia coach
"I believe our team have the skill to perform well in the second round, and I just hope the players can show their real ability there." Francois Blanquart, France coach