Former champions Brazil and Mexico as well as defending champions, Nigeria, remain on course for the title challenge as the opening day of the Round of 16 matches for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup got underway last Wednesday.
The former champions, tipped to go all the way have been joined by Belgium, who won in their first knockout game at this level, in completing the first half of Chile 2015’s quarter-final line-up on a day of penalty drama and emotional farewells for the hosts.
Nigeria saw off Australia in a dominant performance, with Victor Osimhen scoring the first hat-trick of Chile 2015 to see him stand alone as the outright top goalscorer in the competition so far with seven goals.
Mexico came from behind to dump Chile out of the competition, cantering to a 4-1 victory courtesy of goals from Claudio Zamudio, Pablo
Lopez, Eduardo Aguirre and Diego Cortes after Brian Leiva had put La Roja ahead.
James McGarry had an afternoon to forget for New Zealand, first blasting a penalty over the bar before fouling Luis Henrique to concede a late spot kick – converted by the Brazilian No.9 to send A his side into the quarter-finals.