It seems unfair to reduce Brazilian football to the sum of its numbers. Yet, in the absence of ways to quantify finesse and emotion that the Selecao bring to international sport, bland numbers will have to suffice. At the end of play, the scoreline read 3-0 in favour of Brazil against Honduras in their round of 16 match of the Under-17 World Cup in Kochi. The South Americans had 72% of possession and completed 787 passes to 251 by their opponents. By any standard, this was a blowout.
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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France rallied from a goal down to hand a 5-1 drubbing to Honduras and qualify for the round of 16 as group toppers in the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Guwahati on Saturday.
France had already booked a Round of 16 berth before the game but they now go into the knockout stages with an all-win record in Group E.
They will now face Group D runners-up Spain -- European U-17 winners -- in Guwahati on October 17.
Despite the loss, Honduras also qualified for the knockouts...