2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup: Round of 16 Preview
The Round of 16 matches are set in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia.
It's been a thrilling tournament so far with plenty of young talent on display from some of the world's top footballing countries, and that should continue now that we're in the knockout phases.
Brazil vs. Saudi Arabia should be back and forth matchup given both teams scored eight goals in their three group matches, and Brazil and Inter Milan's Philippe Coutinho will be hoping to continue his dazzling performances in the tournament.
Spain's U-20 side is proving just as impressive as the European Champion U-21 side and the World Cup champion senior side and should be no match for South Korea, one of the third-place teams to advance despite having a minus-one goal difference.
Mexico has also showcased its talent at all levels lately and should continue to do so in Colombia over a Cameroon side lacking in firepower.
The hosts Colombia should have no trouble getting past Costa Rica, who have a minus-five goal difference, while Colombia have three wins out of three, conceding just once so far.
France vs. Ecuador is a pretty even matchup as both teams were impressive overall, except for one blemish. France were run over by Colombia, and Spain did the same to Ecuador.
England limped into the knockout stages with three 0-0 draws and will certainly have their work cut out for them against a Nigeria side that scored 12 goals in the group stages, the most of any team.
Portugal managed just two goals in the group stages but could be in for a lot more when they take on Guatemala, the lowest third-place team to advance with a minus-10 goal difference.
The final Round of 16 match pits Argentina against Egypt, with both teams showing they can put the ball in the back of the net in their respective groups. Argentina will need to keep an eye on Mohamed Ibrahim, who has the tournament's only hat trick so far.
The Round of 16 matches will take place on Aug. 9th and 10th.
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