Real tests for USA and Nigeria
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The group phase was full of top-quality football and high drama, and the eight best teams at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Chile 2008 are now through to the quarter-finals.

The first matches in the knock-out phase will be held in Coquimbo and Chillan on Sunday, with teams from three different confederations represented, including 2002 winners the USA. A whole host of the world's best junior players will be hoping to catch the eye and of course take another step towards the final.

The big match
USA-England, Chillan, 30 November, 19.00 (local time)

It is six years now since the United States won their only title at this age group - a long time for a country whose talent development system is seen as an example to others. Tony DiCicco's girls will be facing an England team who, like them, only conceded two goals in the group stages here at Chile 2008. The USA will need to improve on their last outing, where a sluggish performance in their final group match saw them lose 2-0 to China PR.

England, on the other hand, are riding a wave of euphoria from the last-minute goal against New Zealand which secured qualification. The Group A runners up will have their work cut out against Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux, however, as the US strike duo have three goals and two assists to their names already. The Americans also won the dress rehearsal for this match back in February, when they beat England here in Chile 1-0 in a warm-up tournament.

The other match
Nigeria-France, Coquimbo, 30 November, 16.00 (local time)

This clash sees two of the surprise packages squaring off, and whoever wins will be in the semi-finals for the first time in their history. All eyes will be on the Nigerian attacking midfielder Rita Chikwelu, but she will have to be at her best if she is to outweigh the impact of French duo Eugenie Le Sommer and Marie-Laure Delie, who have four goals between them already.

That said, the France camp are unsure as to whether Delie will be able to play after she limped off with a thigh problem during their last group match - a 3-1 win over Argentina. This is the first time that the two countries will have met in this competition.

The stat
6 - The total number of goals on the only previous occasion that England and USA met at a FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, in Canada in 2002. Unfortunately for England, USA managed five of those.

The words
"It's a completely new tournament now and our ambitions are being turned up a notch. Our aim is to see all four venues here in Chile and then come back to Santiago for the Final," Stephane Pilard, France coach.