The teams in Group E and F face a day where they will help to define the tone of their Turkey 2013 campaigns after a combination of impressive displays, surprise defeats and inconclusive performances.
Chile, Uzbekistan and Croatia are out to show they have what it takes to challenge the tournament's big boys, while Egypt, England and Uruguay will all be looking to reignite hopes of a successful FIFA U-20 World Cup. FIFA.com previews the action.
Wednesday 26 June (all kick-off times are local)
Chile-England (Antalya, 18:00)
Iraq-Egypt (Antalya, 21:00)
New Zealand-Uruguay (Bursa, 18:00)
Croatia-Uzbekistan (Bursa, 21:00)
Cristian Cuevas (Chile) following a red card against Egypt
The Match of the Day
After claiming wins on the opening day of Group F, Croatia and Uzbekistan have the chance to virtually seal a spot in the last 16 when they face each other. Both are facing a very different test to their first outing, and one that may help judge their credentials for reaching the later rounds of the tournament.
Croatia battled with a Uruguay side who physically matched them and disrupted play, whereas Uzbekistan's fluidity and possession-heavy style is different prospect altogether. With five players already on yellow cards, they will need to be disciplined, while the mobile but imposing figure of Igor Sergeev could pose problems for the unflappable Niko Datkovic and Jozo Simunovic.
Uzbekistan on the other hand will have to cope with the sheer physical presence of Croatia. With the Europeans operating a system against Uruguay which allowed them to switch from five in midfield to three up front very quickly, courtesy of their pacey wingers, Uzbekistan could be vulnerable to swift breaks.
The Other Highlights
It could very well be last chance saloon for New Zealand and Uruguay, as another defeat here and their chances will be slender of scraping through to the next round. New Zealand are keen to right the wrong of their opening 3-0 defeat, which coach Chris Milicich called one of the worst performances he's seen from the side, giving them a “zero” chance at victory should there be a repeat. Uruguay looked similarly fired up at the final whistle of their loss, following a late surge of pressure, and will want to re-establish themselves as one of the tournament's dark horses.
In Group E, Chile have the chance to seal their place in the next round with victory over England after weathering a storm against Egypt for a 2-1 win. They will be without the influential Cristian Cuevas, but they have enough match-winners to pose England a real threat. The Three Lions meanwhile will still be licking their wounds after Iraq's late equaliser and their reaction to the dropped points could well define their tournament.
Iraq on the other hand will no doubt be riding the wave into a daunting clash with African champions Egypt. They had looked down and out with 15 minutes to go on 23 June but another shock result would leave them with every chance of progressing, though they have never beaten Egypt at any level. The north Africans represent tough opposition, having dominated against Chile for large swathes of the game. Having reached the knockout stages four times since the turn of the millennium, they are seasoned competitors at this level.
The Player to watch
Abbosbek Makhstaliev (Uzbekistan)
The little playmaker was superb against New Zealand. Impossible to mark, showed great vision and was constantly attempting to create opportunities for his team-mates around him. The only time he was blunted while impressing at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011 was when he was faced with a physical Uruguay team. Can he get the better of a similar brand of opponents in the shape of Croatia?
6 – Uruguay are the only team to have qualified for the last six men's FIFA youth competitions. They have featured at the last three FIFA U-20 World Cups (Egypt 2009, Colombia 2011 and Turkey 2013), as well as the FIFA U-17 World Cups at Nigeria 2009 and Mexico 2011, with UAE 2013 still to come.
— connor ripley (@connorripley) June 23, 2013