In Summary
  • Senegal, Africa’s last representative, will take on France
  • Morocco’s Under 17 football squad clinched a historic spot in the quarterfinals on Tuesday
  • Barry scored twice inside the opening 15 minutes to mark a dream start for the Africans.

Mali made light work of Concacaf champions Mexico in the last 16 of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup Indonesia 2023 to cruise into the tournament’s quarter-finals.

Mahamoud Barry scored twice in the first 15 minutes of the encounter and laid on another as Mali stormed through to the last eight with a 5-0 win over Mexico on Tuesday in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Mali’s  Dominance

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Ibrahim Diarra scored the third goal of the game to give the young Malians a comfortable three-goal lead. Ibrahim Kanate scored a 37-minute penalty to hand Mali a 4-0 lead at halftime.

Mali maintained their dominance in the second half, and Barry’s teasing 50th-minute cross was matched in quality by Ange Martial Tia’s brilliant diving header to complete the rout.

Moroccos’ Victory Against Iran

In the other quarter-final fixture, Morocco qualified for the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup quarter-finals following a 4-1 penalty shootout victory against Iran on Tuesday night.

Iran took the lead in the 73rd minute after Esmaeil Gholizadeh scored from a cross from Nima Andarz.

Morocco’s goalkeeper Taha Benrhozil was the hero, as he saved a twice-taken kick from Kasra Taheri before Fouad Zahouani scored the winning penalty to earn the Atlas Cubs a place in the quarter-final.

The  fixture will be Morocco’s first ever quarter-final in the U-17 World Cup.

Senegal, Africa’s last representative, will take on France . A win will guarantee a place in the next stage against England or Uzbekistan.

Morocco beat 6-5 Mali during the U-17 AFCON semi-final in March.

Morocco will look to further make history as Mali seek to play its second final in the competition.

 

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