Spain might have an extra edge going into the clash at the Dr DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, but Mali's direct football can shake up the technically sound Spanish midfield
Mali comprehensively outplayed Iraq in every position, on every minute. There was no fightback on the night; any attempts for the same were feeble.
Mali dominated the match and scored through Hadji Drame (25th minute), Lassana N'diaye (33rd, 90+4), Fode Konate (73rd) and substitute Seme Camara (87th).
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Mali's speed and stronger physique will pose a lot of threat for the Iraqi defence and it will be interesting to see how the opposition, in the absence of Mohammed Dawood, counter the Mali attackers.
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England, with a superbly talented squad and excellent depth in their ranks, were the favourites to top the group right from the outset.
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Not only are England chasing a successful World Cup campaign, their nation looks at them with hope that it will be the birth of a side which in the near future can finally vanquish the demons of the past.
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Iraq have been the surprise package of 'group of death' and are well placed to advance to final 16 following a spirited 1-1 draw against Mexico, and a 3-0 rout of Chile
Mohammed Dawood may have looked like a complete striker, leading Iraq's attack single-handedly in the U-17 World Cup, but head coach Qahtan Jathir does not want to put pressure on the Baghdad teenager, and insists on playing as a "team".
Iraq were the underdogs coming into this competition but their familiarity with the Indian conditions and youngsters with extensive experience of playing together at this level have helped them script one of the feel-good stories of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
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Mexico struggled with their set piece delivery and need to improve significantly on that aspect, for England won’t provide them with as many chances as Iraq did.
Mexico completely dominated the proceedings with 63 per cent possession but their forwards were wayward as only four shots out of the 15 are on target.
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Iraq qualified for this prestigious tournament after emerging victorious in the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship by defeating Iran in the final.