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Japan's tactical prowess shines through in exit on penalties

Japan were unfortunate to go out on penalties.

KOLKATA -- Japan's postmatch news conference after losing to England on penalties in the round of 16 of the Under-17 World Cup on Tuesday began with some words of commiseration for coach Yoshiro Moriyama and ended with ripples of applause as the former defender announced his departure.

"My two-and-a-half year journey with this team is over. We showed the world the Japanese strength of working as a unit against strong opposition," said Moriyama, whose team began in India with a 6-1 win over Honduras,...

England's next-gen flaunt their steel

England have now set up a quarter-final date with the U.S in Goa

Nothing summed up the quiet confidence of the England Under-17 team in the course of their penalty shootout in the Under-17 World Cup round of 16 encounter against Japan at the Salt Lake Stadium on Tuesday better than the body language of their goalkeeper, Manchester City's Curtis Anderson.

England, who went first after the match finished goalless in normal time, had already scored through Rhian Brewster, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Phil Foden, when Anderson faced defender Hinata Kida for the third Japanese...

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...