Two teams with one goal
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USA and UAE face off in Group E to decide which of them will be joining Spain in the last 16. Level on three points each, the pair currently share second place, both having overcome Malawi and suffered defeat to La Roja in their previous games.

The game 
USA-UAE, Ijebu Ode, 1 November 2009, 16:00 (local time)

The stakes
The USA have so far had mixed fortunes, having lost their opening game 2-1 to Spain, and then gone on to record a narrow 1-0 win over Malawi. Despite creating many chances, Wilmer Cabrera's charges have been guilty of wayward finishing, with the two goals they have scored more down to goalkeeping blunders than forward prowess.

UAE, on the other hand, have a more effective strike force, especially in forward Mohammed Sebil, who links up well with team-mate Marwan al Saffar. Sebil netted against both Malawi and Spain, and will be looking to further increase his tally against USA

The stat
5 -
 The number of times the Stars and Stripes have qualified for the second round of a FIFA U-17 World Cup. If they manage to do so again at Nigeria 2009, it will be their fourth last-16 appearance in a row, having started their run at Finland 2003. The other two occasions were at Japan 1993 and New Zealand 1999, where they reached the semi-finals.  

The words 
"We’ll be working on improving our finishing. We’re well organised, we quickly move into the opposing penalty area, but we fall short when it comes to converting our chances. This is one area we’ll be concentrating on for our final group game. Qualification is in our own hands and we want to achieve it against a direct rival like UAE." Wilmer Cabrera, USA coach

"We have a chance to pull off a great achievement. Our aim is to qualify for the second round, and we’ll give our all to do it against the USA. If we keep getting chances, I have no doubt that we’ll put one away." Ali Ibrahim, UAE coach