History test for Austria, Gambia
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Both Austria and Gambia made history by reaching the Round of 16 but only one team will be able to carry on rewriting the record books when they meet at the Commonwealth Stadium on Wednesday.

The game
Austria v Gambia, Edmonton, 11 July, 17.45 (local time)

The stakes
Reaching the knock-out rounds at Canada 2007 represents the only time that either side have qualified from the group stages of a FIFA youth tournament, so they are both in uncharted waters. A place in the quarter-finals in Toronto on 14 July beckons for the winners.

The players
Gambia will be without defender Ken Jammeh after his red card in the 2-1 win over Portugal in Montreal. Austria are at full strength, with Thomas Hinum fit again after his high temperature last week subsided enough for him to go on for the last ten minutes of their 0-0 draw with Chile in Toronto.

The past
The two teams will have to rely on video evidence of each other's skills as they have never met before at any level.

The birthdays
Gambia defender Furmus Mendy celebrates his 20th birthday on the day of the match.

The words
"We have created a lot of excitement among the Austrian people back home and we have huge motivation for this game against Gambia but it will be much tougher to win to reach the quarter-finals. The expectation levels have risen and I think we have won a few friends in Canada after the way we played against Chile. I regret that our Canadian friends are out of the tournament." Paul Gludovatz, Austria coach.

"The European countries are very disciplined with their tactical work, especially in defending. In as much we want to win the game, we have to be very cautious and make sure we don't concede. If we don't win against Austria we are sent home so for us this is the final." Peter Bonu Johnson, Gambia coach.

"We played with a lot of confidence against Chile because we knew that we were already through to the next round and we were happy to go into that match without stress. We hope to play the same kind of game against Gambia but we know it will be harder." Bernhard Morgenthaler, Austria midfielder.

"I think we will go through and although we respect Austria, we expect to win. Of course that is our target." Ebrima Sohna, Gambia midfielder.