A dramatic late penalty helped Spain narrowly edge out France in the U17 World Cup round of 16 in Guwahati.
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France coach Lionel Rouxel said Spain are 'the best team in Europe' and refused to call their quarterfinal clash a 'revenge match'.
Africa and South America have dominated the U-17 World Cup in the past, and that has continued at this edition as well.
With the group stages over, here's how the round of 16 matchups -- including France vs. Spain -- look like.
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.
As Spain confirmed a spot in the U-17 WC knockouts by sealing second place in Group D, the players and coach were optimistic about their prospects.
The victory boosted Iraq's chances of securing a pre-quarterfinal berth in just their second U-17 World Cup appearance.
Amine Gouiri struck a brace as France notched a 2-1 victory over Japan to secure a pre-quarterfinal berth at the U-17 World Cup.
New Caledonia were outclassed in the maiden World Cup outing, but did manage a consolation goal late on against heavyweights France.
So far, every New Caledonia player's dream has been to represent France. The two teams will meet for the first time ever in the U17 WC on Sunday.
ESPN presents 10 players from Germany and France to keep an eye out for during the Under-17 World Cup.
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