The United States now knows it’ll have to take down England’s best to get to the semifinals of the U-17 World Cup in India.
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England, don’t laugh, won in penalty kicks after a scoreless match with Japan, advancing to meet the Baby Yanks.
England 0-0 (5-3, PKs) Japan
There wasn’t a single miss amongst the England shooters, as Rhian Brewster (Liverpool), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Phil Foden (Man City), Nya Kirby (Crystal Palace), and Curtis Anderson (Man City) converted from the spot to set up a date against the U.S.
Mali 5-1 Iraq
Lassana Ndiaye scored twice to join France’s Amine Gouiri atop the goal scoring list for the tournament as Mali advances to face the winner of Ghana vs. Niger.
France 1-2 Spain
Barcelona prospects Juan Miranda and Abel Ruiz get the better of France to set up a date with high-flying Iran.
Iran 2-1 Mexico
Iran conceded for just the second time in the tournament, but not before Mohammad Sharifi and Allahyar Sayyad (both of Iranian club Saifa) made it 2-0 by the 11th minute.
The final knockout round spots remain up for grabs on Saturday, the last day of group stage play at the U-17 World Cup.
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France, England, and Iraq have qualified already, while the remaining five nations all have a chance to advance depending on the day’s results.
Crucially, Mexico and Chile tangle at 10:30 a.m. ET in the hopes of avoiding the group’s cellar.
Here’s a look at Wednesday’s schedule. You can live stream every game through Telemundo Deportes.
Japan vs. New Caledonia — 7:30 a.m. ET
France vs. Honduras — 7:30 a.m. ET
Mexico vs. Chile — 10:30 a.m. ET
England vs. Iraq — 10:30 a.m. ET
Only two more groups remain active in the U-17 World Cup, with Iran and Brazil clinching Groups C and D, respectively, on Friday.
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Guinea 1-3 Germany
Three different players, including Hamburg striker Jann-Fiete Arp, scored as Germany rebounded from a big loss to Iran.
Costa Rica 0-3 Iran
A pair of penalties four minutes apart helped Iran to a perfect 3-0 record and the top spot in the group.
Spain 2-0 North Korea
A pair of Real Madrid prospects, Mohamed Moukhliss and Cesar Gelabert, scored in the fourth and 71st minutes to end North Korea’s tournament.
Niger 0-2 Brazil
Sixteen-year-old Lincoln and strike partner Brenner scored, one off a bounding free kick, as Brazil moves on. So does Niger, by virtue of its win over North Korea.
Iran is 45 minutes from completing a perfect group stage, and may have to be called the favorites of the tournament after upsetting Germany earlier in U-17 World Cup play.
The Iranians are playing Costa Rica, while Germany tangles with Mali in Friday’s group stage finales.
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Later, it’ll be Spain versus North Korea and Brazil versus Niger during 10:30 a.m. ET kickoffs.
Brazil (2-0) has advanced, but Spain and — to a lesser extent — Niger can still win Group D.
Tuesday’s U-17 World Cup action in India featured one of the bigger upsets imaginable, as Iran shocked Germany with a blowout win.
Iran had already beaten Guinea to open the group stage, and now looks set to claim Group C. Meanwhile, Brazil got a goal from Paulinho (no, not that one, he’s 29) to clinch a spot in the knockout rounds.
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Iran 4-0 Germany
Younes Delfi scored twice in the first half as Iran claimed a second win of the tournament. Allahyar Sayyad and Vahid Namdari also recorded goals, while Germany remains on three points.
Look at this clinical work and poor defending leading up to Iran’s fourth goal, which came courtesy of Namdari.
Costa Rica 2-2 Guinea
CRC tossed away 1-0 and 2-1 leads provided by Andres Gomez and Yecxy Jarquin to snare its first point of the tournament.
Spain 4-0 Niger
Barcelona prospect Abel Ruiz bagged a brace, with Barca’s Sergio Gomez Martin and Real Madrid’s Cesar Gelabert also nabbing markers as Spain rebounded well from a 2-1 loss to Brazil.
North Korea 0-2 Brazil
Lincoln and Paulinho scored as Brazil moved to 2-0. North Korea did have it chances, though, and Brazil goalkeeper Gabriel Brazao was wise to them.