The quarterfinals for the U-20 World Cup will begin on July 6, and the matchups are set.
On the first day of quarterfinal play, France will battle Uzbekistan followed by Uruguay taking on Spain. On July 7, Iraq and Korea Republic will do battle followed by Ghana against Chile.
The winners will advance to the semifinals, which will be played on July 10, and a champion will be crowned on July 13.
There is a nice mix of teams in these quarterfinals. We have those we expected to be here (Spain) and upstarts in the midst of a surprise run (Uzbekistan).
It should all set up for some fabulous quarterfinal action. Here is everything you need to help enjoy it.
Info via Fifa.com.
France vs. Uzbekistan at 11 a.m. ET
Uruguay vs. Spain at 2 p.m. ET
Iraq vs. Korea Republic at 11 a.m. ET
Ghana vs. Chile at 2 p.m. ET
Live Stream: All games will be streamed on WatchESPN.
TV: ESPNU will televise all four matches.
For the full viewing schedule, check out WatchESPN.
Teams to Watch
Ghana advanced to the quarterfinals in impressive fashion.
Taking on a Portugal side that looked to be one of the tournament's best after a stellar group stage, Ghana trailed 2-1 heading into the 79th minute.
Things looked bleak at that point for Ghana.
That is until Michael Anaba leveled the score. Then, just six minutes later, an amazing free kick from Yiadom Boakye helped set up the victory.
The confidence and momentum this team gained from that comeback against a tough opponent cannot be underestimated.
They will now roll into their quarterfinal match against Chile with the freedom to play loose and free, as they've already made it further in this tournament than they were supposed to.
No one was doubting France's talent heading into this tournament.
However, after a group stage where they earned just four points in three games, it didn't appear that France was prepared to be much of a factor.
Maybe the French side was just coasting until elimination play?
France easily handled Turkey with a 4-1 win in a match that never felt in doubt.
This team has a wealth of talent and the ability to get goals from many sources. The four goals against Turkey were all brought home from different players. Geoffrey Kondogbia, Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, Jordan Veretout and new Arsenal man Yaya Sanogo all recorded a score.
France now advances to play Uzbekistan in a match where they have a clear talent advantage.
Now, we just have to wait and see if they play up to their potential like they did against Turkey, or down to their opponents like they did in the group stage.
As expected, Spain advanced to the quarterfinals, but their advancement certainly contained a bit of drama.
After dominating their challenging group, outscoring their opponents 7-2, Spain looked like they would cruise to the championship. However, Mexico gave them all they could handle.
Spain led much of the match 1-0, but Mexico equalized in the 73rd minute.
It wasn't until the 90th minute that Jese Rodríguez Ruíz was able to deliver the game-winning goal and push Spain through to the next round.
Spain still has to be considered the favorite to take the title, but their offensive struggles for much of the Mexico match certainly give hope to the remaining teams.
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