Crucial day in race to the knockouts

  • Matchday 6 at Brazil 2019

  • Group E: Cameroon and Argentina meet desperate for wins

  • Group F: Mexico-Italy tops the bill in Brasilia

Having negotiated their opening matches at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™, the eight teams in Groups E and F return to action on Thursday, continuing their quest for places in the last 16.

Held to a draw by Argentina, Spain are on the hunt for points against a Tajikistan side that stunned Cameroon in their Group E opener and have designs on qualifying for the next round with a game to spare.

Meanwhile, the meeting between Cameroon and Argentina should be an entertaining one, given both sides’ need for points after their opening games.

Over in Group F, Paraguay will be looking for three points against Solomon Islands, who have yet to score their first goals at an 11-a-side FIFA tournament. The South Americans have little margin for error after drawing their first match.

A win or draw against Mexico will take Italy one step closer to the next round. The Italians impressed in sweeping aside Solomon Islands in their group opener, while the Mexicans are in need of points following a goalless stalemate with Paraguay.

📅 The games

31 October

Group E [[flag-esp-xs]] Spain-Tajikistan [[flag-tjk-xs]] (Vitoria, 17:00 local time) [[flag-cmr-xs]] Cameroon-Argentina [[flag-arg-xs]] (Vitoria, 20:00 local time)

Group F [[flag-sol-xs]] Solomon Islands-Paraguay [[flag-par-xs]] (Brasilia, 17:00 local time) [[flag-mex-xs]] Mexico-Italy [[flag-ita-xs]] (Brasilia, 20:00 local time)

What you need to know

“I’m delighted with my two goals and the win. Let’s hope we can keep it going and win a lot more games.” Italy forward Degnand Gnonto, one of the stars of their opening match

Mexico coach Marco Antonio Ruiz has played in a FIFA tournament. A former midfielder, he made three appearances for Mexico at the Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001.

VITORIA, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 28: Matias Palacios of Argentina makes a pass during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 group E match between Spain and Argentina at Estádio Kléber Andrade on October 28, 2019 in Vitoria, Brazil. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

🔎 Players to watch

Matias Palacios (Midfielder, Argentina) Having made several first-team appearances for his club, San Lorenzo, Palacios excelled in the goalless draw with Spain, hitting the bar with a stunning shot from inside his own half.

Franco Tongya (Midfielder, Italy) A stand-out performer in the Juventus youth ranks, Tongya was one of Italy’s most impressive players in the 5-0 defeat of Solomon Islands, scoring once and posing a constant threat going forward.

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