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Champions collide as curtain closes on Brazil 2019 

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 Lazaro of Brazil celebrates with team-mates
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  • Get ready for the final matchday of FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019
  • Hosts out to reverse 2005 final defeat against Mexico
  • European giants France and the Netherlands battle for bronze

With only two matches remaining at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™, silverware will be at stake as four teams walk out of the tunnel at Brasilia's Estadio Bezerrao and sing their national anthems for the final time.

The main event will feature the hosts against two-time winners Mexico, who prevailed via penalty shoot-out against the Netherlands on Thursday thanks in large part to the heroics of goalkeeper Edu Garcia. Brazil, meanwhile, upended France in what will undoubtedly go down as a classic semi-final, turning around a two-goal deficit to the delight of the rollicking home crowd. Now the three-time champions have earned an opportunity to exact revenge for the Peru 2005 final, which El Tri won 3-0 against the favoured South Americans.

Before the final gets under way, the two European runners-up will decide bronze. These French and Dutch players are plenty familiar, having shared a group during their continental championship. Though the Oranje went on to win that competition in the Republic of Ireland, they finished second in their group following a 2-0 defeat to Les Bleuets on the last matchday of the opening round. Both sides are seeking their second podium finish in this competition: France won it all in 2001 while the Netherlands captured bronze in 2005.

📅 The games

17 November
Third-place match
Netherlands-France (Brasilia, 15:00 local time)
Final
Mexico-Brazil (Brasilia, 19:00 local time)

📌 What you need to know

"We're familiar with Mexico's quality. We know they are a great team. But we're Brazil, and we have five stars on our chest. We intend to play our best match and get the result that makes history." Veron, Brazil forward

The adidas Golden Boot winner may be decided during the third-place match. The Netherlands' Sontje Hansen leads the way with six goals, but France's Nathanael Mbuku was on target against Brazil to bring his tally up to five, gaining ground on the Dutch marksman.

Kaio Jorge of Brazil celebrates
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🔎 Players to watch

Kaio Jorge (Brazil, forward)
A Seleção's No9 and leading goalscorer hit the target again in the semi-final, setting the stage for a second-half onslaught with his close-range headed goal in the 62nd minute. He's popped up when Brazil have needed him most, including as their designated penalty-kick taker.

Lucien Agoume (France, midfielder)
France's captain has been an integral part of their steely midfield in Brazil, but the No6 was suspended from the semi-final due to yellow card accumulation. His reintroduction is sure to revitalise a side that looked overrun against the hosts in the second half.

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