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FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017

Progress and elimination on the line

Marcelo Torres of Argentina celebrates
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  • Korea Republic and Venezuela aim to top their respective groups after two consecutive wins
  • England and Mexico, currently second in their groups, can top their sections with a win
  • Argentina and Germany are in danger of elimination, but still remain hopeful of progression

*MATCHDAY PREVIEW *– Korea Republic may have ensured progression to the Round of 16 through two well-earned victories in Jeonju, but they must still travel to Suwon and overcome England in order to top Group A. Meanwhile, Argentina head over to Jeju, hoping to salvage their tournament dreams against Guinea.

A similar situation has arisen in Group B. Venezuela and Mexico will face off with first and second place in Group B on the line, while winless Germany will be aiming for a more circuitous route into the knockout phase against tournament newcomers Vanuatu.

If Korea Republic manage at least a draw against England, they will top their group and can prepare for their Round of 16 fixture in the familiar surroundings of the Jeonju World Cup Stadium. Likewise, the eventual leaders of Group B will also enjoy 'home advantage' in Daejeon in the last 16.

*Matches of the day
Group A: England-Korea Republic | Guinea-Argentina
Group B: Mexico-Venezuela | Germany-Vanuatu

*What you need to know
1 Korea Republic forwards Lee Seungwoo and Paik Seungho both scored against Guinea, and repeated the feat against Argentina. Keep an eye out to see if the Barcelona duo continue their fine form against England. 

2 Argentina may have lost twice in a row and face the threat of early elimination, but they can draw on the 2017 South American U-20 Championship for inspiration. There, La Albiceleste narrowly qualified for the FIFA U-20 World Cup through sheer grit and fighting spirit in their final two matches. With victory over Guinea, they could still claim a Round of 16 berth, although their fate would depend on the final standings of the other third-placed teams.

3 Germany, who find themselves in a similar situation to Argentina, also reached Korea Republic 2017 the hard way. After failing to reach the semi-finals of the UEFA U-19 Championship, they were forced to endure a play-off for the final qualifying berth, which they eventually won on penalties against the Netherlands. Their cause could be boosted by the late arrival of some Germany players in Korea Republic (due to club commitments), as the team look to fine tune their play and hopefully progress to the Round of 16.

4 Guinea, who are making their first U-20 World Cup appearance in 38 years, and Vanuatu, who are making their tournament debut at Korea Republic 2017, will both look to keep their campaigns alive on Matchday 7. Just as Guinea secured their historic first-ever point and first-ever goal against England, Vanuatu will also be hoping for something to cheer about if it is indeed their last involvement in the competition.

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