- England and France book places in Round of 16
- Iraq claim first-ever U-17 World Cup win
- Honduras record their biggest victory in the competition
DAY REPLAYED – England and France booked their spots in the Round of 16 at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 after both sides made it two wins from two group games on Wednesday.
In Group E, Amine Gouiri displayed more of his qualities in claiming a brace, as France defeated a competitive Japan side at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati. That was followed by Honduras’ biggest win at a U-17 World Cup, as they struck five times to see off New Caledonia in the late kick-off.
Group F action in Kolkata started with a thrilling five-goal contest, as England held on to defeat two-time champions Mexico at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium, despite racing out to a three-goal lead. Iraq, meanwhile, built on their first point in the competition on Sunday with a maiden U-17 World Cup victory over winless Chile in the late contest.
Moment of the day
What we learned
1. Gouiri living up to expectations: Widely tipped to be one of the players to watch at India 2017, Amine Gouiri has wasted little time in showing just how exciting an attacking talent he is developing into. His two goals in Wednesday’s victory over Japan put him to the top of the tournament scoring charts with four goals. His contributions also leave Les Bleuets leading the scoring charts, with nine goals from two matches - all of which coming from open play.
2. Another new landmark for Iraq: Sunday’s draw with Mexico may been a landmark achievement in itself for the Lions of Mesopotamia, as it was their first-ever point in the competition. The Middle Eastern side drew confidence from their weekend exploits and proceeded to claim their first win at a U-17 World Cup by dispatching of Group F rivals Chile by three clear goals, two of which came from the impressive Mohammed Dawood, who took his tournament goal tally to three.
3. Inspired Catrachos: When Honduras’ U-17 side woke up on Wednesday morning ahead of their Group E meeting with New Caledonia in Guwahati, they would have been buoyed by the news that the senior national team had secured a spot in next month’s intercontinental play-off versus Australia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Not to be outdone on the Honduran news front, the U-17 side went on to record their biggest win at a U-17 World Cup, with Carlos Mejia and Patrick Palacios each scoring twice in a five-goal rout of their Oceania opponents.
The stat of the day
3 - In Iraq’s first four matches in U-17 World Cup history, the Asian outfit scored three goals. On Wednesday, they matched that total in Kolkata with an impressive display against Chile.
“I want to say greetings and a big thank you to the fans in the stadium. It was amazing down on the pitch. We were 3-0 down, but the crowd really pushed us forward."
Mexico coach Mario Arteaga on the Indian fans that cheered his team on in Kolkata