THE DAY REPLAYED - The second round of games in Groups A and B at the FIFA U-17 Nigeria 2009 brought yet more joy for Argentina and Switzerland as both booked their place in the Round of 16 in double-quick time. The host Nigerians followed up an encouraging result in their opening game with a win over Honduras, and Mexico put Brazil to the sword once more to revive their hopes of advancing to the knockout stages.
The day began with La Albiceleste and the Swiss coming from behind to record respective wins over Germany and Japan, underlining their maturity and innate self-confidence. In the evening games hosts Nigeria notched their first win of the tournament thanks to Abdul Ajagun's lone goal against an obdurate Honduras, who made life hard for the title aspirants, while Mexico tripped up the three-time champions to revive memories of their Peru 2005 triumph with a 1-0 win.
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Goal of the day
Brazil-Mexico, Miguel Basulto 70'
It might not have been the most aesthetically pleasing goal of the day but there was no doubting the importance of Basulto's winner to Mexico's hopes of staging a lengthy run at Nigeria 2009. The Guadalajara forward seized on a handling error by Brazil keeper Allison at a corner kick to hand the Mexicans a lifeline in Group B. Level on points with A Seleçao, El Tri now sit in third in a section surprisingly topped by Switzerland.
Lightning strikes twice for Germany
Three days after letting slip a three-goal lead against the Nigerians, Germany endured another bad day at the office. Despite going ahead early on for the second game running, the European champions conceded two goals in a minute to Argentina to sink to third in Group A. To qualify for the next round, Marco Pezzaiuoli's side now need to beat Honduras in their final game and hope results elsewhere go their way.
Ill wind blows for Japan
Japan's young players know exactly how their German counterparts feel. The Asian side have come close to victory in both their outings at Nigeria 2009 only to come away empty-handed. And just as the Swiss were embarking on their unlikely comeback at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, the skies darkened ominously and a gusting wind blew over a section of the Japanese bench, a forewarning of the storm that was about to hit the Blue Samurai on the pitch.
Redemption for Rodriguez
Miguel Basulto scored Mexico's all-important goal against Brazil, but it was custodian Jose Rodriguez who was arguably El Tri's hero of the hour. At fault in Saturday's 2-0 defeat to the Swiss, the Mexican No1 redeemed himself with a rock-solid display between the posts, the highlight of which was an exceptional flying one-handed save from Coutinho's thumping long-range drive.
Nigeria gets behind their boys
The host nation's army of football fans were out in force on Tuesday, eagerly following the fortunes of the Golden Eaglets as they took on the Hondurans in Abuja. From Lagos in the south to Kano in the north, the cheers rang loud when Ajagun struck the only goal of the game.
5 - The number of times that a team has come back from 2-0 down to win at the FIFA U-17 World Cup finals. Switzerland became the latest side to achieve the feat today, while the first was Guinea, who stunned Portugal 3-2 at Ecuador 1995. In between came three such fight-backs at Finland 2003, two of them staged by Spain, who beat Korea Republic in the group phase and then Argentina after extra time in the semi-finals. Portugal repeated the trick in the same competition against Yemen, running out 4-3 winners.