FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018

13 November - 1 December

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2018

Japan and Mexico into quarter-finals, Uruguay and Finland bow out with draw

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  • Japan and Mexico join New Zealand and Ghana in quarter-finals
  • Brazil's victory not enough to advance
  • Uruguay and Finland exit tournament with a draw

THE DAY REPLAYED – Japan and Mexico both sealed tickets to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 quarter-finals after drawing their final Group B fixture. In the section's other game, Brazil recorded a comfortable victory over South Africa but it was not enough to keep them in the competition. In Group A, Ghana overcame New Zealand in a clash of two teams already assured of their spot in the last eight, while Finland and tournament hosts Uruguay bowed out with a draw.

Results
Group A
Finland 1-1 Uruguay
Ghana 2-0 New Zealand

Group B
Japan 1-1 Mexico
South Africa 1-4 Brazil

Memorable moments
Mexican fiesta: Just like their compatriots out on the pitch, the Mexican fans in the stands gave their absolute all. Not only did the group of approximately 30 supporters act as additional coaches by giving tactical instructions, they also cheered their team on loudly from start to finish. With cries of "No paso nada" (nothing happened) and "Muy bien" (very good), the players' families and friends were very much a 12th player for their team.

Once a footballer, always a footballer: When a loose ball flew out of play towards Simphiwe Dludlu's coaching zone, the South Africa head coach wasted no time in showcasing her ability. She swiftly brought the ball down, much to the delight of an appreciative crowd, including Brazil's fans, underlining that she has lost none of her talent since recently hanging up her boots.

U-17 Women's World Cup fever: Uruguay's last group match took place at the same time as the senior men's team's fixture against France in Paris. However, the attendance in Maldonado highlighted that the U-17 Women's World Cup has won the hearts of the people in Uruguay, with supporters eager to turn up in person to support their youth team, despite the overlap with the men's game. Perhaps one day the young girls who were at the stadium in Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan shirts might soon be wearing the jerseys with the names of their compatriots from the U-17s.

African solidarity: After their match against Brazil, the South African players stayed at the stadium to watch the day's second game between Ghana and New Zealand. They cheered on the Ghanaians, urging them forward, and while one member of the coaching staff improvised a drum on the back of the seats, the South African team danced and sang throughout the match.

The words
"I liked the way we played in our first game against Japan and today against South Africa. The level of this World Cup is very high and you can't afford to make any mistakes. We made one against Mexico and that cost us our chance of reaching the next round. It hurts that we didn't make it."
Brazil coach Luizao on his team's elimination from the tournament

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Wednesday 21 November

Group C
Germany - USA, Montevideo, 17:00
Cameroon - Korea DPR, Colonia, 17:00

Group D
Spain - Canada, Montevideo, 14:00
Colombia - Korea Republic, Colonia, 14:00

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