Mexico take on New Zealand in Edmonton on the final day of Group C action. Two wins in their first two outings have put the Mexicans through with a game to spare, while New Zealand need to spring a surprise victory to stand any chance of qualifying.
With six points already in the bag, Mexico are safely through to the Round of 16. El Tri looked impressive in dispensing with Gambia and Portugal, scoring five goals in the process and conceding only one. A draw would be good enough to ensure top spot in Group C, but coach Jose Ramirez wants to see his side stay on the victory trail against the Kiwis. For their opponents, currently pointless after two defeats, it is a case of win or bust. In order to stay in the running for a best third-place slot they also need the other group game to end in victory for one or the other side, and even then they could still miss out on goal difference.
New Zealand's Phil Edginton is suspended after picking up two yellow cards, and six of his team-mates are on one booking. Mexico are at full strength, although they too have six players one yellow card away from suspension, among them captain Patricio Araujo and fleet-footed forward Giovanni Dos Santos. As a result, coach Ramirez may see the match as an opportunity to shuffle his pack.
This will be the 50th game involving a team from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in FIFA U-20 World Cup history. Prior to Canada 2007, Australia had been the OFC's sole representative at the tournament. Mexico have played New Zealand twice in friendlies at full international level, the Kiwis even notching a 4-0 victory in Auckland way back in 1980. When the sides met at the FIFA U-17 World Championship in 1997 however, it was Mexico who ran out 5-0 winners.
"We'll be looking for the win against Mexico, even if our chances of qualifying now are slim. Mexico are strong opponents but we'll do everything we can to get the win. And if we don't manage it this time, we'll be back again for sure and do it better next time around." Stu Jacobs, New Zealand coach.
"The yellow cards we've got are a bit of a nuisance. We might have to change the side around a bit." Jesus Ramirez, Mexico coach.
"Our chances in the last game? Who knows - there's no reason we can't perform a miracle." Dan Keat, New Zealand captain.