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A tale of two wingers

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Iran hold on for fighting win against Mexico

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Iran set up a quarterfinal clash with Spain with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Mexico in the round of 16 of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Goa on Tuesday.

Mohammad Sharifi gave Iran an early lead from the penalty spot in the 7th minute. The spot kick was awarded following a silly challenge by Adrián Vázquez on Mohammad Ghaderi inside the box. Allahyar Sayyad made it 2-0 in the 11th minute with a neat finish from outside the box.

Iran took their foot off the gas after the early goals,...

U-17 WC pre-quarters: Who, where and what

Ghana's Eric Ayiah (No. 6) celebrates a goal with his coach during the match against India in New Delhi.
Ghana's Eric Ayiah (No. 6) celebrates a goal with his coach during the match against India in New Delhi.

After nine days and an impressive ratio of 3.5 goals per match, the group stages of the U17 World Cup are over and it's time to get serious with some knockout football. From here, matches tied at full time will go straight to penalties.

The tournament hasn't been set ablaze so far and perhaps this is the time for real heroes. This is how the matchups look like. 

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Match 7: Ghana vs. Niger - 5pm, Mumbai

Ghana showed India how ruthless they can be. Fast and direct in attack, compact...

Mexico reach knockouts despite goalless draw

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Two-time champions Mexico played out a goalless draw against Chile in a high-intensity Group F game that was enough for them to qualify to the knockout stages of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Indira Gandhi stadium in Guwahati on Saturday.

Mexico ended their group engagements with just two points finishing third behind England and Iraq. They still qualified as one of the four best third-placed teams.

The Central American champions are the only side in this edition to qualify to the round of 16 without...

Sancho v Lainez: A tale of two wingers

Jadon Sancho scored his third goal of the Under-17 World Cup

When England went up 3-0 inside 10 minutes of the second half of their Group F match against Mexico, Jadon Sancho led his team-mates to one corner of the field. The pack of England's young lions, dressed in their almost Arthurian white, tried to rouse the already worshipful packed stands in front of them, asking for more noise, more love.

The attention had stayed on Sancho through the match, where a 3-2 England victory has taken them into the knockout rounds of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. The noise...

England hold off Mexico to seal knockout berth

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Jadon Sancho converted a penalty to put England 3-0 up

England beat two-time champions Mexico 3-2 to seal a FIFA Under-17 World Cup pre- quarterfinal berth with yet another dominating show in Kolkata.

More than 40000 people turned out at the Salt Lake Stadium and witnessed a five-goal thriller, with England dominating the first one-hour, followed by Mexico making a second-half resurgence.

After some hits and misses in the first 30 minutes, Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster curled in a 39th minute free-kick to break the stalemate.

Brilliant with his...