Mali Vs. Iraq :-
With the win, the Chile 2015 runners-up will meet African opposition in the form of either Ghana or Niger in the quarter-finals in Guwahati on Saturday.
It was Les Aiglonnets that dominated the first half and deservedly took the lead through Hadji Drame on 25 minutes.
Good work by Salam Jiddou on the left allowed the unmarked Drame to score the 2,000th goal in tournament history.
The Malians then doubled their advantage shortly after the half-hour mark, as Lassana N’Diaye made it four goals in as many matches when he headed home Djemoussa Traore’s cross at the near post.
The West Africans scored an emphatic third goal through Fode Konate in the second half.
His powerful first-time strike from wide on the right flew past Iraq goalkeeper Ali Ibadi and into the roof of the net.
The Asians would get a consolation through Ali Kareem before Mali added two late goals through Seme Camara and a second strike from N’Diaye to seal a comfortable win in Goa.
England Vs. Japan :-
Crystal Palace’s Nya Kirby dispatched the winning penalty as England scored all five of their spot-kicks, while Curtis Anderson kept out Hinata Kida’s effort.
The shootout came after the Young Lions dominated the majority of play in front of 53,000 spectators, although Japan almost stole it at the death with a number of chances.
England will face the United States for a place in the last four, where they could potentially meet Brazil or Germany.
In a dominant first half from England, it was Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster who had a number of opportunities for the Young Lions, most notably an effort which rattled the post from a narrow angle.
Japan may have been second best in terms of possession, but they almost broke the deadlock with Keito Nakamura seeing his effort blocked before Soichiro Kozuki smashed the rebound into the side netting.
England could not find an opener before the break despite further chances for Brewster and Philip Foden.
The second half saw the Young Lions remain on top, but George McEachran and Foden both spurned decent chances.
Japan grew stronger as the game went on, with Taisei Miyashiro testing Curtis Anderson on a couple of occasions, while Takefusa Kubo continued to pepper the England box.
The Young Lions almost stole it at the death as substitute Kirby’s effort was cleared off the line, but in truth England looked tired and would have been grateful to see the match heading to penalties and not to 30 minutes of extra-time.
In the shootout, Brewster, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Foden all converted from the spot before Kida’s effort was saved.
Anderson followed up his stop by scoring a penalty of his own, with Kirby going on to send England into the quarters with an effort in off the post.