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U-17 WC pre-quarters: Who, where and what

Ghana's Eric Ayiah (No. 6) celebrates a goal with his coach during the match against India in New Delhi.
Ghana's Eric Ayiah (No. 6) celebrates a goal with his coach during the match against India in New Delhi.

After nine days and an impressive ratio of 3.5 goals per match, the group stages of the U17 World Cup are over and it's time to get serious with some knockout football. From here, matches tied at full time will go straight to penalties.

The tournament hasn't been set ablaze so far and perhaps this is the time for real heroes. This is how the matchups look like. 

October 18

Match 7: Ghana vs. Niger - 5pm, Mumbai

Ghana showed India how ruthless they can be. Fast and direct in attack, compact...

India's baby steps matter just as much as the hard knocks

Indian football fans are not likely to forget October 9, 2017.

India lost 2-1 to Colombia, scoring their first goal at a FIFA tournament through Jeakson Singh, but more importantly, they put in an improved performance since their 3-0 defeat to USA in their first group game.

Full-backs put in a clean performance

While goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh was a commanding presence for the second game in a row, it was the return of right-back Boris Singh - who was suspended in their last game -- that made the Indian...