The highs and lows of football were experienced by Ghana and England respectively in the last games at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. While Ghana sang after defeating Uzbekistan, England slumped to the turf following their late loss to Uruguay. Now those two sides and those contrasting emotions meet in Ismailia.
Both teams know what they have to do in this game: win. Ghana will feel under pressure to defeat the Three Lions in order to keep up the pressure on Uruguay at the top of Group D, and the day's earlier game between Uruguay against Uzbekistan may well reinforce that mindset. Meanwhile, England will look to Uzbekistan's goal against the Black Satellites as proof that the Africans' defence can be breached as they seek to end an unwanted record of 671 minutes without a goal in this competition.
3 - Ghana coach Sellas Tetteh was also Ghana's coach at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2007, where his charges secured fourth place. However the three defeats picked up by Tetteh's side in that tournament were all at the hands of European opposition, twice against Germany and once against Spain.
England goalkeeper Mark Oxley turned 19 on Monday. Will the Three Lions extend his celebrations by an extra day?
"I don't like to think that we're slow starters, we won our last game, but playing in a tournament is about progression. We need to keep improving and learn from the mistakes we made in the last game. England will be tough, but I hope to see an improvement from my boys," Sellas Tetteh, Ghana coach.
"We're still in this tournament and our destiny won't be decided on the result of the opening match. If we can reproduce the performance we showed in the opening 70 minutes of the game against Uruguay, we have a good chance of going through," Brian Eastick, England coach.