Lassana N'Diaye scored a brace as Mali outclassed Iraq in Goa in a 5-1 win in the round of 16.
Mali dominated the match and scored through Hadji Drame (25th minute), N'diaye (33rd, 90+4), Fode Konate (73rd) and substitute Seme Camara (87th).
Iraq showed urgency in the second half and reduced the margin in the 85th minute through Ali Kareem.
Mali controlled the proceeding with a steady flow of passes and, after coming close on a few occasions, took the lead in the 25th minute.
Mali will play against...
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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