Mexico and France were both drenched in disappointment on Wednesday evening. They both missed promising chances en route to 2-0 defeats by Brazil and Portugal respectively. Now they will attempt to escape their shell of despair and claim the final spot on the Colombia 2011 podium.
Mexico-France, Bogota, Saturday 20 August, 17:00 (local time)
The European champions and their CONCACAF counterparts arrived in Colombia with the goal of being in Bogota on Saturday. Both wanted, however, to be kicking off three hours later, going for the climax of gold rather than the consolation of bronze. That consolation is, nevertheless, a much brighter porposition than going home empty-handed, so there is sure to be no lack of endeavour at El Campin. Juan Carlos Chavez and Francis Smerecki have no suspesnion concerns, though the latter will be without Loic Nego, who has returned to France for family reasons. Smerecki must decide who will deputise for the right-back and also whether to hand super sub Alexandre Lacazette, who is one goal shy of the competition’s leading marksmen Henrique and Alvaro Vazquez, a start. Chavez will entrust Ulises Davila, whose trickery has tormented a number of sides thus far, with seeing them bow out on a high. Mexico and France have met twice in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, with both winning one game apiece. Who will take the head-to-head supremacy this weekend?
50 – The number of matches Mexico will reach in the FIFA U-20 World Cup on Saturday. Only Brazil (96), Argentina (72), Spain (67), Australia (53) and Uruguay (51) have made more appearances. France, for their part, will be partaking in their 20th game in the competition.
Juan Carlos Chavez, Mexico coach: “My players are disappointed and tears have been shed, but I told them this is not finished yet. There’s still third place to play for against France, which is significant."
Gilles Sunu, France forward: “On Saturday it will be the end of a generation of players - the generation 1991 - and we're determinated to finish this story with a medal.”