U17: Day 3 2015 FIFA Under 17 World Cup Preview
It’s the turn of Group E and F today at the 2015 FIFA under 17 World Cup in Chile.
Groups E and F are the last two sections to get under way at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015, with the host cities of Concepcion and Puerto Montt welcoming the eight teams who have yet to kick a ball in anger, among them former champions France and Russia, alongside tournament first-timers South Africa.
The day’s Group E matches will be hosted at the Estadio Municipal Ester Roa in Concepcion, where tournament newcomers South Africa will take on eight-time U-17 world finalists Costa Rica. TheAmajimbos will be aiming to replicate their CAF African U-17 Championship form, where they enjoyed a remarkable run to the final. As for Costa Rica, their main aim is to make the knockout phase for the fifth time.
In the other game in the pool, Asian champions Korea DPR embark on their fourth appearance in the competition against Russia, who have graced this stage twice before and are out to atone for their last-16 exit at UAE 2013.
2001 winners France make their return to the competition after missing out on a place at UAE 2013. Jean-Claude Giuntini’s reigning European champions are definite contenders for the title and will rely on the same blend of tactical cohesion and awareness that earned them the continental crown. Opponents New Zealand are now familiar faces, having made six U-17 world finals appearances in all, and will be striving to find the attacking edge that deserted them at Mexico 2011 and UAE 2013, where they went out in the group phase.
Syria and Paraguay are the other teams in action in Group F and will both be anxious to make positive starts to their bids to reach the next round. Paraguay have reached the finals twice before, at New Zealand 1999 and Trinidad and Tobago 2001, advancing to the quarter-finals on the first of those occasions. For their part, Syria made it to the second round on their only previous appearance at Korea 2007, an objective both sides are gunning for again this time.
New Zealand vs France (22:00 SA time)
Syria vs Paraguay (01:00 SA Time)
South Africa vs Costa Rica (22:00 SA time)
Korea DPR vs Russia (01:00 SA Time)
Source : FIFA