Trio eye history, Mexico set sights on title

Three teams are still hoping for a momentous victory as the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 enters its second day of quarter-finals. Ecuador, Belgium and Costa Rica have never reached the last four of this competition before, and today’s fixtures mean that at least one of this trio will break new ground.

In contrast, Mexico will be aiming to make the semi-final just another step on their way to the title. After triumphing on home soil in 2011 and finishing as runners-up two years ago, El Tri are striving to go all the way again in this tournament.

Match of the day Ecuador-Mexico, 2 November, 17.00 (local time) Mexico understandably go into this duel as favourites against the South Americans, having finished as runners-up in this age group two years ago. El Tri have been growing in confidence in Chile, with Germany and the hosts among the teams they have swept aside. While coach Mario Arteaga’s charges remain unbeaten in the tournament so far, there is no doubt that surprise package Ecuador fully deserve their spot in the quarter-finals. La Tricolor’s youngsters will be hoping to follow the example of the country’s senior side, who defeated Mexico 2-1 at the Copa America earlier this year.

The other match Although Costa Rica have practically become a permanent fixture at FIFA U-17 World Cups, they have rarely faced European teams and had only ever recorded a 4-1 defeat to Turkey in 2009 before this tournament began. They have added two further such matches since arriving in Chile, drawing 1-1 with Russia in the group stages before beating France 5-3 in the first penalty shootout of the competition.

Meanwhile, Belgium defeated the Ticos’ Central American neighbours Honduras 2-1 in the group stages on their way to the last eight and have already exceeded all expectations by reaching their first FIFA U-17 World Cup quarter-final at only the second attempt.

Player to watch Washington Corozo (Ecuador) Four players – Pervis Estupinan, Jhon Pereira, Yeison Guerrero and Washington Corozo – have each already scored twice in a remarkably well balanced Ecuador squad. Nevertheless, Corozo's two assists mean he leads the way within the South American camp. Despite this impressive record, the talented youngster remains some way short of catching the tournament’s leading goalscorer so far, with Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen having found the target on seven occasions and setting up another strike.

The stat 4 – Four goals in four matches proved sufficient for both the Belgians and Costa Ricans to reach the quarter-finals. Interestingly enough, all of the Red Devils’ strikes have come from open play, although the undisputed leaders in this respect are France, who did not require a single set-piece to score their 14 goals.****

The words "We know that the road is long. We haven’t come here to do what previous Costa Rica teams did . We want to do even better. Our goal is to reach the final and win the title." Costa Rica midfielder Roberto Cordoba

Match schedule Quarter-finals Ecuador-Mexico (Estadio Francisco Sanchez Rumoroso, Coquimbo, 17:00) Belgium-Costa Rica (Estadio Municipal Alcaldesa Ester Roa Rebolledo, Concepcion, 20:00) (All times local)