France Vs. Honduras :-
France u17 continued their impressive show in the world cup and notched top spot here at the final day of the group stage rounds. They blanked Honduras 5-1 and sealed the knockout round spot where they will lock horns against Spain.
The French team will face its old foe Spain who ousted them from the Euro championships and they will look to avenge that defeat come the game day of the last 16.
The last time the mini Blues faltered were at the hands of defending European Champions at the quarter-finals (3-1) in May, France has for the moment made a no-fault. After successes against New Caledonia (7-1) and Japan (2-1), the team coached by Lionel Rouxel clearly dominated Honduras (5-1), who will still see the next round in his third best quality.
France didn’t begin the game well as Honduras took a surprise lead in the 10th minute. Carlos Mejia finished of a solo run from the left flank to slot past the France keeper. France kept their cool as they slowly crawled back into the match with two goals in 10 minutes.
Amine Gouiri, who entered the game in the last quarter of an hour, scored his fifth goal (86th), making him the top scorer in the competition. Yacine Adli finished the free-kick (90 + 6). Previously, Alexis Flips (23rd, 64th) and Wilson Isidor (14th) had taken advantage of poor Honduras defending to open the scoring.
Japan Vs. New Caledonia :-
East Asian powerhouse Japan were held to a 1-1 draw by a spirited New Caledonia but scraped through to the pre-quarterifinals from Group E in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Kolkata.
Keito Nakamura dribbled his way past the New Caledonia defence from the right to score for Japan in the seventh minute for his fourth goal in three matches.
It looked like a walk in the park for the Japanese who toyed the U-17 World Cup debutants but it was not to be and Japan survived a second-half scare with New Caledonia making
some incisive second-half raids.
That led to the equaliser by captain Jekob Jeno, who scored in the 83rd minute to earn a historic point for New Caledonia in their first U-17 World Cup appearance.
It was also the second U-17 World Cup goal for New Caledonia who scored their first goal of the tournament through Sidri Wadenges in their 1-7 defeat against France.
The draw, however, was enough for the ‘Blue Samurai’ juniors to seal a fourth pre-quarterfinal, for the first time since Mexico-2013 — in their eighth Under-17 World Cup appearances.
Japan finished second behind France (nine points) with four points in Group E.