The two losers from the opening matchday in Group F of the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria already find themselves with a showdown on their hands. Uruguay and Algeria go head to head in Kaduna on Thursday 29 October with both teams desperate for three points to keep their hopes of progressing to the knock-out stage alive. Whoever loses will almost certainly be packing their bags, making this match-up all the more exciting.
Despite putting in an excellent performance in their opener against Korea Republic, Uruguay found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline. Algeria, for their part, showed great potential but went down 1-0 to Italy in their opening match, despite having a number of chances to turn the tie in their favour. Both coaches - Roland Marcerano of Uruguay and Otmane Ibrir of Algeria - know that their charges will have to step up a gear if they are to register their first points. This is the north Africans' debut at a FIFA U-17 World Cup, though Uruguay have already played twice against African opponents in this competition, losing on both occasions to Ghana.
The match should be an enthralling one for the neutrals, with both teams noted for their technical skills and pacey front-men. The destination of points could well depend on which of the two diminutive yet highly talented No 10's - Uruguay's Sebastian Gallegas or Algeria's Abdelhakim Bezzaz - manages to impose himself on the game. The South Americans may have to do without defender Diego Polenta (muscle strain) and midfielder Gonzalo Barreto (inflamed tendon).
3 - It took a mere three years for Uruguay's former U-17 coach, Victor Pua, to make the step up from leading the youngsters at New Zealand 1999 to taking the helm for the senior team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™.
We're working really hard on being ready for the Algeria match because there's no way that we want to be packing our bags at this early stage. We're determined to win our next game and we're all dreaming of going as far as we can here in Nigeria.
Sebastian Gallegas, Uruguay midfielder
The defeat to Italy was a lesson for us. We're going to change some things around and we've got a plan for how to tackle Uruguay. We know that we still have every chance of progressing and we've no need to feel inferior to any of the teams in this competition.
Otmane Ibrir, Algeria coach