Confidence should be high in the United Arab Emirates and Spain camps after both sides got their Group E campaigns off to winning starts, against Malawi and USA respectively. With a win for either team guaranteeing a place in the Round of 16, who will hold their nerve to take the spoils in Kano?
Goals from Marwan Al Saffar and Mohammad Sebil were enough to seal a 2-0 success for UAE over tournament debutants Malawi in a keenly contested encounter, the Emirates first ever victory at the finals of a FIFA U-17 World Cup. Coach Ali Ibrahim will welcome back captain Haddaf for the match against Spain after the Al Ain midfielder sitting out the Malawi clash through suspension.
Spain, for their part, underlined their strength of will and battling spirit against USA, coming back from a goal down and a man down early on to win 2-1. The three points also banished bad memories of their group campaign at the UEFA European U-17 Championship, where they failed to find the net in any of their three matches.
88 - The number of minutes of regulation time Spain played with ten men against USA following the dismissal of Sergi Gomez. Though La Roja's youngsters fought back to win the game, will fatigue play a part against the UAE?
"We're going to go into the game with a great deal of enthusiasm. We've got the chance to qualify for the next round and we don't want to let any opportunities slip by. It's going to be a very tough match, and totally different to the one against Malawi." Ali Ibrahim, UAE coach
"The game against UAE is going to be tough. A lot of people don't know about them but the Emirates have a very good team. We're going to try and recover from our physical exertions in the first game, and if we can manage that, we'll have a great chance of qualifying for the next round." Gines Melendez, Spain coach