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No gloomy goodbyes: Five players the U-17 World Cup will miss

With the teams going through to the round of 16 identified, it has meant the end of the road for eight teams at the U-17 World Cup. India and North Korea are the only teams that go out without winning a single point, while Chile and the North Koreans remain the only two teams to not score in the group stages. But that hasn't meant there haven't been some heroic performers from these teams.

Here are five players that impressed, but will not be seen in the World Cup Monday onwards.

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Mali enter knockouts after 3-1 victory

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Lassana Ndiaye scored Mali's third goal in the 82nd minute

Mali breezed into the knockout rounds of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup with a dominating 3-1 win over New Zealand in their final group game.

Mali, the last edition's runners-up, took the lead in the 18th minute through Salam Jiddou who struck a 25-yard stunner.

The first goal supplier Djemoussa Traore then turned scorer in the 50th minute as he curled in a right footer into the New Zealand net from the edge of the box.

Lassana Ndiaye scored the third goal for Mali in the 82nd minute while Charles...

Vega strikes twice as Paraguay beat NZ

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Anibal Vega scored a brace as Paraguay snatched a 4-2 win over New Zealand in a Group B game of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the D.Y. Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Monday.

New Zealand were leading 2-1 at the half-way mark, courtesy two own goals by captain Alexis Duarte, but Paraguay bounced back in the style to record their second win of the tournament and qualify for the knock-out rounds.

With this win, Paraguay have attained six points to go on top of the table.

Paraguay took the lead in the...

Mata earns draw for New Zealand in U17 WC opener against Turkey

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Emlyn Wellsmore of New Zealand and Recep Gul of Turkey fight for the ball during their Group B encounter.
Emlyn Wellsmore of New Zealand and Recep Gul of Turkey fight for the ball during their Group B encounter.

New Zealand came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 against Turkey in the opening Group B match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.

Striker Ahmed Kutucu's header put Turkey in front in the 18th minute, before New Zealand captain Max Mata equalized in the 58th minute.

The two countries had drawn 1-1 in their only previous encounter in the tournament eight years ago.

Turkey, making their third appearance in this tournament, appeared the more skillful team in the...

U-17 WC: The youngest, the tallest and those from the big clubs

England U-17 striker Jadon Sancho.
England U-17 striker Jadon Sancho.

A total of 504 players from 24 teams. All of whom will be hoping to become household names in the years to come.

The teams for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India are out. The tournament begins on October 6 and will feature the likes of Brazil, Spain, England, USA, France and Germany. It will also see hosts India, New Caledonia and Niger making their first appearance at any FIFA event.

You may not know many of the players who will be in action next month, but here are some interesting factoids to chew...