The final Group F tie in Kano on Sunday 1 November will see a match-up between two teams brimming with confidence after each picked up three points last time out. Italy and Uruguay both had to journey north from their bases in Kaduna to play their second match, but the wins they picked up on their travels will have done their confidence a world of good.
Italy are already through to the knock-out stage having yet to drop a point, and a third win in as many games would keep them on a roll and see them top the group. Uruguay on the other hand need to pick up another three points to make sure that they join their opponents in the Round of 16, makimg for an exciting match in prospect.
A narrow 1-0 win in their opener against Algeria and a fortunate 2-1 result over Korea Republic, where they came from behind to bag all three points in true Italian style, have seen the Azzurrini prove that they are psychologically tough enough to go all the way here at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2009. They will need to be at their best however if they are to continue their unbeaten run against an exciting Uruguay team who always look dangerous going forward, particularly when playmaker Sebastian Gallegos is on the ball. Coach Roland Marcenaro's young charges have the wind in their sails at the moment. After slipping to a frustrating 3-1 defeat in their opening match against Korea Republic, they gave themselves a real shot in the arm by beating Algeria 2-0 next time out.
Both teams are very strong down the middle and like to pass the ball around, usually to great effect. Neither attack has really clicked thus far however. Of the six goals that the two teams have scored between them, only one has been scored by a forward (Italy's Pietro Iemmello against Korea Republic). His strike partner Giacomo Beretta is one of the big names of the tournament and will be itching to get his name on the scoresheet at long last.
Federico Carraro and Stephan El Shaarawi are two incredibly talented players and both of them are capable of pulling the strings in attacking midfield. I gave El Shaarawi the nod in the opener, then brought on Fossati who scored the winner. He was brimming with confidence after that so I started him in the second match, and I have to say that I was very pleased with his performance. Basically I'm delighted that I've got these two options.
Pasquale Salerno, Italy coach
Italy are a very strong team, and we have a great deal of respect for them. But to be totally honest, I think that the Italians will be treating us with respect as well when it comes down to it.
Roland Marcenaro, Uruguay coach