In what should be a tight and evenly-matched contest, two eastern European powerhouses will go head-to-head at Alexandria Stadium on Tuesday for a place in the quarter-finals of Egypt 2009.
This 41st European derby in the history of the FIFA U-20 World Cup is shaping up to be a gripping tactical battle between two sides famed for their defensive prowess. While Krisztian Nemeth and company have been improving with every match, the Czechs have shown consistency throughout, and even earned an excellent 0-0 draw against Brazil. In what is set to be an extremely close encounter, the first goal on Tuesday will be of vital importance. One point of note in the lead-up to the game is that, in their five FIFA U-20 World Cups, the Hungarians have never managed to beat European opposition, with one draw and one defeat. Still, until a few days ago they had never got beyond the group stages either.
47 - The number of years since these two sides have met in a FIFA World Cup. It was a FIFA World Cup quarter-final in Chile on 10 June 1962, and Czechoslovakia ran out 1-0 winners. Two years later, Hungary got their revenge, beating the Czechs 2-1 in the Men's Football Tournament at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
"At this stage of the competition, there's no point in carrying out detailed analysis of your opponents as all teams in the Round of 16 are strong and have designs on winning the tournament. That's why we'll be mainly focusing on our own game to prove that we deserve to progress even further," Sandor Egervari, Hungary coach.
"It's true that playing a European team we know inside out could be an advantage. At the same time, we managed to hold Brazil to a draw, so we're not afraid of anyone," Jakub Dovalil, Czech Republic coach.