Latin sides shine as group stage concludes
- Group E: Spain and Argentina pick up wins
- Group F: Paraguay finish top, Mexico stamp ticket
- Round of 16 begins on Tuesday
The final matchday of the group stage at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup™ was notable for winning performances from the four Spanish-speaking countries on Sunday’s slate, who have all advanced to the Round of 16.
Spain and Argentina got things started in the early evening. Despite rotating their squad, La Rojita defeated African champions Cameroon (2-0), who exit the tournament with three defeats and a significant feeling of disappointment. Tajikistan will likely also harbour regrets, as they only required one point against Argentina to pursue their adventure in South America, but instead fell to a 3-1 loss. Spain finish top in Group E, ahead of La Albiceleste on goal difference.
In Group F, Paraguay and Mexico emerged victorious. Los Guaranies got the better of Italy, moving ahead of their opponents in the standings. In Vitoria, Mexico sealed their spot in the knockout stage as one of the best-placed third teams by comfortably defeating tournament debutants Solomon Islands.