Japan failed to emulate their quarterfinal appearances of 1993 and 2011 but there is plenty of hope for the future.
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England in a tense penalty shootout in an international competition? Not a problem for Steve Cooper's Under-17 team.
Goalkeeper Curtis Anderson saved a penalty and then scored from the spot as England beat Japan 5-3 on penalties to enter the quarterfinals.
With the group stages over, here's how the round of 16 matchups -- including France vs. Spain -- look like.
New Caledonia ended their maiden FIFA appearance at any level with a 1-1 draw against Japan, with captain Jekob Jeno scoring an 84th minute equaliser.
New Caledonia failed to win a single match in their maiden appearance at the World Cup but will return home with their reputation enhanced.
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.
Keito Nakamura hit the first hat-trick of the tournament as Japan thrashed Honduras 6-1 in a Group E encounter.
Japan will fancy their chances in their U-17 World Cup opener against Honduras, having beaten them in every form of official football in the past.
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