FIFA U-17 World Cup: After deluge of goals, France meet Japan in battle of equals

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By: PTI | Guwahati |
Released:October 10, 2017 6:41 pm


France received the FIFA U-17 Globe Cup title in 2001 in Trinidad and Tobago. (Source: PTI)

Obtaining begun their FIFA U-17 Globe Cup campaigns with target-laden wins, France and Japan start on even keel in a group E face. Previous champions France thrashed debutants New Caledonia 7-1 with star striker Amine Gouiri scoring two times even though Japan drubbed Honduras 6-1 with Keito Nakamura netting the tournament’s first hat-trick.

Both sides will be superior on self confidence with an purpose to occur out all guns blazing.

It will be challenging to predict the end result of the match but whoever wins will have a clean passage to the spherical of 16 with a match left to be performed in the group.

Both France and Japan have been the favourites to make it to the knock-out rounds from the group and the loser in Wednesday’s match will continue to be in rivalry.

There is not much of a hole concerning France and Japan. The ‘Les Bleus’ juniors have occur in this article in India not as computerized four qualifiers in the European Championships but soon after a enjoy-off concerning two most effective losing quarter-finalists.

They had crushed Hungary 1- in the fifth put enjoy-off match.

France cannot be described as FIFA U-17 Globe Cup favourites even though they received the title in 2001 in Trinidad and Tobago. They have featured in 5 of the 16 editions of the event in advance of this a single and have under no circumstances long gone past the quarter-finals.

In 2015 in Chile, they have been knocked out by Costa Rica on penalties in the Round of 16.

France merely toyed with New Caledonia in their first match, virtually scoring at will in the first session even though they relaxed a little bit in the 2nd 50 percent.

With Gouiri in good sort the Japanese defenders will be a active lot tomorrow and will be examined to the restrict for the first time in the event.

Equally, the French defenders will have a measure of their toughness when they faced the likes of Nakamura and ‘Japanese Messi’ Takefusa Kubo who scored at the time towards Honduras.

Japan, on the other hand, are a single of the technically most effective sides in Asia and will be a handful for France. They have the pace, system and extra encounter than France at this phase. They are that includes in their eighth FIFA U-17 Globe Cup, owning reached the quarter-finals on two events.

After lacking qualification for the 2015 FIFA U-17 Globe Cup in Chile, Japan impressed at the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship, earning a ticket to India 2017 in model.

They topped their group in outstanding fashion with thumping wins overs Australia, Vietnam and Kyrgyzstan. A hard 1- win around United Arab Emirates in the quarter-last secured passage to the earth phase but Japan missing to eventual champions Iraq in the semi-finals.

The Teams (From):

France: Brahia Bernard, Yahia Fofana, Illan Meslier, Melvin Bard, William Bianda, Vincent Collet, Maxime Lacroix, Batista Mendy, Andy Pelmard, Oumar Solet, Yacine Adli, Maxence Caqueret, Claudio Gomes, Alan Kerouedan, Mathias Picouleau, Lenny Pintor, Aurelien Tchouameni, Alexis Flips, Willem Geubbels, Amine Gouiri, Wilson Isidor.

Japan: Umeda Togo, Tani Kosei, Suzuki Zion, Iketaka Nobuki, Kemmotsu Takumu, Sugawara Yukinari, Kobayashi Yuki, Yamasaki Taichi, Baba Seiya, Okuno Kohei, Hirakawa Rei, Suzuki Toichi, Tsubaki Naoki, Fukouka Shimpei, Kida Hinata, Kozuki Soichiro, Yamada Hiroto, Miyashiro Taisei, Nakamura Keito, Kubo Takefusa, Saito Koki.

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