The quarter-finals of the 1999 World Youth Championship fully lived up to the expecations of those who were in for further surprises in this rather turbulent competition. Nigeria and Brazil, at the hands of Mali and Uruguay respectively, suffered the same fate as former World Youth Champions Argentina and Portugal in the Round of 16. But not enough: Mexico, hailed as giant-killers after dumping Argentina 4-1, lost to Japan while Spain eliminated African champions Ghana in the only penalty shootout of the day.
In one of the two big continental showdowns scheduled on Sunday, Uruguay shocked next-door giant Brazil with a 2-1 win following a penalty goal four minutes before the end of the match. In Enugu, a capacity-crowd of 22,000 proved the perfect stage for the other upset when outsiders Mali got off to a spectacular start taking the lead in the first minute against hosts Nigeria who disappointed their fans once more and were eliminated from the tournament.
The strong and well-organised Japanese surprised Mexico with two early goals which decided the match. Spain had to put up with Ghanas last-gasp equaliser but got the better of the West Africans in the penalty shootout after both teams had failed to score the Golden Goal.