- Sunday sees the final two quarter-finals
- *Spain and Iran face off in the first in Kochi *
- Germany and Brazil then meet in Kolkata
DAY PREVIEW - The last two quarter-finals at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 feature three pre-tournament favourites and a rank outsider for the crown.
In the first match on Sunday’s double bill, Iran will look to keep their history-making run going when they take on the increasingly impressive Spain. The Asian representatives have won all four of their games so far, averaging three goals per match in the process, a record that La Rojita will be sure to put to the test.
After slipping up in their opening game against Brazil, Spain have gained in confidence, proving themselves to be a solid unit that plays a familiar possession-based game. France, their victims in the last 16, are one side who can vouch for their strengths.
Brazil are the other quarter-finalists with a 100-per cent record. Brimming with individual flair up front, they are also strong at the back, having now gone three games without conceding.
In taking the South American champions on, Germany will need to be just as effective up front, as they were against Colombia in the last round. The Germans, who seem to have put their 4-0 group-phase drubbing at the hands of Iran behind them, will need to take whatever chances come their way and avoid making the slightest error at the back.
Sunday 22 October
Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, Kochi
Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata
What you need to know
1. Spot-kick kings: Spain would be well advised not to let their tie with Iran go to penalties. The Iranians have converted all four of the spot-kicks they have been awarded at India 2017, with Mohammad Sharifi putting two away and Mohammad Ghobeishavi and Taha Shariati one apiece.
2. History favours La Rojita: Spain and Iran have never played each other before at the U-17 World Cup, though there is one record that will encourage the men in red. Going into Sunday's match-up, Spain won all eight of their games against Asian opposition.
3. Arp on song: Germany captain and forward Jann-Fiete Arp is the only player still in the competition to figure in the top three for both goals scored (4) and assists provided (3).
4. Little to choose: Germany’s meeting with Brazil will be the seventh between the sides in the competition. The head-to-head reads three wins for the Brazilians, two for the Germans and a draw. Their most recent encounter came in the match for third place at Mexico 2011, with Germany winning 4-3.
The stat 355 - the number of minutes that Brazil have now gone without conceding a goal at the tournament. The only goal they have let in to date at India 2017 was an own goal by full-back Wesley in the fifth minute of their opening match against Spain.
*The quote *“It’s a match that brings back memories of the senior team’s 7-1 win over Brazil in 2014. That was a fantastic performance, but we’re here to write our own story. We didn’t get that result and this is a different match, one that we want to win, no matter what it takes. We’ve got the ability to do it too.”
Germany midfielder Elias Abouchabakade