FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018

2 November - 21 November

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

Hosts under pressure as Japan approach milestone

Kay-Dee Windvogel #1 of South Africa makes a diving save against Mexico
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The second round of group stage games gets underway on Matchday 3. In Group A, hosts Uruguay face an uphill battle after losing their opening match to New Zealand, while Finland will be hoping to register their first points against Ghana. It is a very different picture in Group B, where anyone can still qualify after all four teams drew their first games. Mexico take on Brazil at the Estadio Domingo Burgueno Miguel in Maldonado, while Japan meet South Africa. previews all the action ahead of Matchday 3 at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018.

The games

Group A: Uruguay – New Zealand | Finland – Ghana

Group B: Mexico – Brazil | Japan – South Africa

What you need to know

Hungry for goals: Japan scored 98 goals in their previous five appearances at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, more than any other team. Having failed to find the back of the net against fellow group favourites Brazil in their opening game, the Little Nadeshiko now have another chance to add to their tally against South Africa. However, their African opponents have already shown how well they can withstand powerful attacking sides after their defence, led by goalkeeper Kay-Dee Windvogel, held their ground to keep a clean sheet after facing relentless pressure from Mexico in their opener.

Plenty of possession but no breakthrough: Despite recording 70 per cent possession during their FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup debut against New Zealand, Finland failed to threaten the Kiwis’ goal with only two shots on target. It was a different story for their Matchday 3 opponents Ghana, who had 24 attempts to score against hosts Uruguay, with ten shots on target.

Jenna Topra of Finland carries the ball forward
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Blast from the past: Brazil have fond memories of playing Mexico. The South Americans won 1-0 when the two sides met in the group stage of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2012 in Azerbaijan, with Byanca scoring the decisive goal. After coming on as a substitute, she delivered a bold performance and led her team to victory with a curling long-range shot into the top left-hand corner.

Brazil's Jheniffer holds off Momoka Kinoshita of Japan
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The curse of the hosts: Almost 10,000 fans witnessed the hosts’ opening match at Montevideo’s Estadio Charrua, with 2,000 children giving the crowd goosebumps as they sang a traditional song before kick-off. However, their inspiring performance was not enough to prevent the home side’s defeat – the 12th successive loss for the hosts at a U-17 Women’s World Cup. Jordan, Costa Rica and Azerbaijan were all beaten in every one of their three group matches, while Trinidad and Tobago lost their last two group games in 2010.

Uruguay v Ghana - FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018
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Players to watch

Kay-Dee Windvogel (South Africa): Helped keep South Africa's first-ever clean sheet at a U-17 Women's World Cup

Tuuli Enkkila (Finland): Team captain, played full 90 minutes, key player in linking Finland's defence and attack

Nicole Perez (Mexico): Team captain, played full 90 minutes v South Africa and helped control tempo of midfield

Kelli Brown (New Zealand): Scored Uruguay 2018's first goal, and struck 14 goals in the qualifiers

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