By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
After the elimination of Cameroon (group stage), Angola (Round of 16), Nigeria (Round of 16), Senegal joined other African countries to kiss the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup goodbye after capitulating to Spain in their Round of 16 clash.
Following Korea Republic and the Netherlands, four more teams made it through to the last eight during the second Round of 16 matchday at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2019, with Mexico, Spain, France and Brazil all progressing.
The game with the most goals (five) came in the South American showdown, where the hosts just managed to squeeze past Chile. There were almost as many goals in the match between the
Les Bleuets and the Aussies, but this tie was more one-sided, with the Australians having to pick the ball out of the net four times.
Mexico and Spain saw off Japan and Senegal, respectively, converting their chances at crucial moments of the game.
In the quarter-finals, the Seleção will face either Ecuador or Italy on Monday (20:00 local time), a few hours after an all-European clash between Spain and France (16:30 local time). Mexico meanwhile will take on Korea Republic on Sunday (20:00 local time).
Treading the path the Netherlands blazed by defeating Nigeria, Mexico became the second third-placed team from the opening phase to defeat a group winner. The two other third-placed countries, however – Australia and Chile – are now heading home after defeats.
Round of 16
Japan 0-2 Mexico
Spain 2-1 Senegal
Brazil 3-2 Chile
France 4-0 Australia
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