FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018

5 August - 24 August

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

Quarter-final berths on offer this Wednesday

Emelyne Laurent (C) of France celebrates 
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  • Spotlight returns to Groups A and B on Wednesday
  • First quarter-final places are up for grabs
  • No margin for error for opening-round losers​

MATCHDAY PREVIEW - The second round of group fixtures at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018 kick off this Wednesday, where several quarter-final berths could be decided. In Group A in Vannes, France will be out to consolidate top spot against New Zealand, while Ghana will be hoping to kick start their campaign against the Netherlands.

Meanwhile in Group B, England lead the way and will run out in Dinan-Lehon against a Brazil side, who have no margin for error. In the group’s other game, Mexico will be hoping to build on their opening-day win over the South American champions, but face a tough task against a Korea DPR outfit that are determined to make amends for their defeat to the Young Lionesses on Sunday.

The games
Group A: Netherlands - Ghana | France - New Zealand
Group B: Brazil - England | Korea DPR - Mexico

What you need to know
1. Old acquaintances: After an opening-day meeting with Ghana, who they also faced at Papua New Guinea 2016, France now go up against another side they met at the last edition in New Zealand. That 2016 showdown holds happy memories for Les Bleuettes, who triumphed 2-0 in Port Moresby to secure a quarter-final spot.

2. El Tri vs defending champions: For the second time this summer, a Mexico team will be up against the defending champions in the group stage of a World Cup. At Russia 2018, the senior men secured a memorable 1-0 win over Germany – a feat that should inspire their young female counterparts, as they prepare for current title holders Korea DPR.

3. 10 years on: A decade after they last graced the quarter-finals of this competition at Chile 2008, England will go close to matching that feat, with a victory over Brazil on Wednesday.

4. Heavyweight support: The Ghana squad have the support of a very special fan here at France 2018. Travelling in Brittany, Michael Essien met up with his young compatriots to wish them the best of luck in the competition.

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