The team led by Jean-Claude Giuntini has won the four games played: 2-0 to Chile, 3-1 to South Korea, 2-0 to Haiti and 4-0 to Australia. He joined the World Cup, like Spain, when he reached the European semifinals. The 'bleuets' fell to Italy, while the Red gave in at the last minute to the Netherlands.
One of his best players, Isaac Lihadji, was about to sign for Barcelona in 2013, but an injury finally prevented him. The Olympique Marseille striker admits that it will be a beautiful and even "familiar" match against a Spain he praised.
Lihadji has given an assist and has scored two goals, although the main gunner of the team is Nathanael Mbuku, attacker of the Stade Reims who got a triplet against the Australian team in the round of 16.
The tip of Marseille is one of the fixed in the initial eleven of Guintini next to the goal Melvin Zinga and Lucien Agoume that, as usual, combines physical power, speed and technical capacity, qualities that will try to neutralize the picture of David Gordo with his Combative football, with the skill and mobility of its attack men and the seriousness it is showing in containment. In fact, Spain has only conceded somewhat, and it was its own goal, against Tajikistan.
Although the reference for the general public was Pedri Gonzalez, a fine player from Las Palmas who has already signed for Barcelona, the whole team has taken a step forward, from behind, through the spinal cord to the attack men.
Pablo Moreno, Juventus striker, will play with Valencian Jordi Escobar the attack square. Fast, with vision and much dynamism, it seems that part with advantage to not fix the French centrals. The 'Turinese' says they know France "very well" and that they are prepared to face matches of this caliber.
In the core, after losing the European injury and not participating in the world premiere against Argentina, emerges the figure of Barcelona player Ilaix Moriba, spiked midfielder of great deployment 'box to box' with great quality and vision, next to the anchor of the team, Aitor Gelardo, and to give imbalance Roberto Navarro is shining, top scorer with three goals, German Varela, the captain, and Pedri is only missing the goal. Behind, both the central and lateral ones used by the coach are firm and solid.
The match, which will be played at the Pedro Ludovico Olympic stadium in Goiania from 8.30 pm, will be led by the Romanian referee Istvan Kovacs.
France pursues the second U17 World Cup semifinal in its history. The last time she reached that round she ended up proclaiming herself champion in Trinidad and Tobago, winning in the final 3-0 to Nigeria. Spain has been runner-up four times, in 1991, 2003, 2007 and 2017, and third in 1997 and 2009. EFE