FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

26 October - 17 November

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017

Spain under pressure as leaders face off

Captain Abel Ruiz of Spain leads his side out
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  • Tuesday sees Groups C and D in action again
  • Matchday one winners Iran and Germany face off
  • Spain already under pressure against new boys Niger

*DAY PREVIEW – *The second Group C matchday at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 will take place on Tuesday 10 October. The two winners from the opening round of matches – namely Iran and Germany – go head-to-head knowing a win could see them into the Round of 16. Costa Rica and Guinea, in contrast, are under pressure, as they prepare to meet in Goa.

Over in Group D, Spain lost their marquee opening match against South American champions Brazil (who face Korea DPR on matchday two). The European champions will thus be desperate to get back on track and bag the three points against FIFA World Cup debutants Guinea.
* The games*
Group C
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa

Costa Rica - Guinea
Iran - Germany

Group D
Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, Kochi

Spain - Niger
Korea DPR - Brazil

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* What you need to know*
Can Niger cause an upset?
The U-17 World Cup newcomers created a little bit of history with their win over Korea DPR, thus already fulfilling their pre-tournament ambitions. Tuesday’s opponents Spain, on the other hand, should be a completely different – and far tougher - prospect. Can the African outsiders pull off another shock result? Salim Abdourahmane, whose goal propelled them to that opening victory, certainly thinks so. "The key against Spain is maintaining concentration," he explains. "We’re certainly not afraid of them, but if we’re not careful, they’ll punish us right away for any mistakes."

*Can Arp stay sharp? *German youngster Jann-Fiete Arp was a stand-out player at the Euros, notching five goals in seven matches. He made his German Bundesliga debut for Hamburg SV just over a week ago, and in the opening match against Costa Rica, he was on the scoresheet once again, giving his side the lead. A great deal is expected of the 17-year-old Arp in India, and he may well trouble Iran’s keeper Ali Gholam Zadeh, who was on top form in the opener against Guinea.

*The stat 98 - *Spain could become the third team in the history of the tournament to reach three figures in goals scored. The European champions currently stand on 98, behind Brazil (168) and Nigeria (149).

The quote
"At full international level, teams like Brazil and Spain deserve a great deal of respect, but that’s not necessarily the case in this age group. Everyone at this tournament has a decent chance."
Niger coach Ismaila Tiemoko

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