Senegal U20 eye Mexico U20 scalp

Senegal U20 eye Mexico U20 scalp
epa05981546 Souleymane Aw (C) of Senegal vies for the ball with Abdulrahman Aldosari (L) of Saudi Arabia during the group stage match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 between Saudi Arabia and Senegal in Incheon, South Korea, 22 May 2017. EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Wednesday May 31, 2017. 08:00

Senegal will face off with Mexico in the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup last 16 match at the Incheon Football Stadium on Thursday.

Kick-off is at 09h30 CAT.

The Young Lions of Teranga reached the last 16 after finishing second on the Group F standings- having drawn one, lost one and won one.

During the 2015 U20 World Cup tournament, Senegal impressed many as they went as far as the semi-finals of the competition.

Joseph Koto, the Young Lions of Teranga head coach, will be hoping to mastermind a win over Mexico and keep their hopes of reaching the final for the first time alive.

Ousseynou Diagne is one of Senegal's key players. The midfielder was on the scoresheet as Senegal defeated Saudi Arabia 2-0 in a Group F game.

Meanwhile, Mexico advanced to the last 16 after finishing second on the Group B standings - having won one, drawn one and lost one.

The Young Tricolor's best result in this competition was in 1977. They went all the way to the final, but they were beaten.

Marco Antonio Ruiz, the Mexico head coach, will be eager to guide his side to victory over Senegal and go on to reach the final.

Ronaldo Cisnerous Mereli is Young Tricolor's dangerman - having hit the back of the net in the 3-2 win over Vanuatu in a Group B match.

Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir will be in charge of the match between Mexico and Senegal in the South Korean city of Incheon.



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