Conditions For Spanish Victory Over France

Conditions For Spanish Victory Over France
November 11 07:42 2019


For the La Furia Roja (The Red Fury) of Spain to beat the Les Bleuets (The Little Blues) of France in the 3rd Quarterfinal of the world U17 football championship coming up at 2030 hours of Monday at the Estádio Olímpico, Goiania where the Golden Eaglets held sway before they were swept away, they need to overcome three things which are watching their offside trap tactics; ready to contain foul plays and upgrade the accuracy of their shots at goal.
World champions in 2001, France looked Quarterfinal jinxed having been there three times in 1987, 2007 and 2011 with two R16 appearances in 2015 and 2017, France current performances shows that if Spain can watch it catching France habit of beating offside tactics they would clip the goal scoring technic of France. France were caught offside 10 times, the highest for any team of the 8 standing teams and having 11 goals for and only one against only a good game reader can understand.
Only the Koreans got a goal against France in 4 matches. France dismissed Chile 2-0; beat Korea 3-1; hacked Haiti 2-0 and hammered Australia 4-0 in the round of 16 games. Lihadji is the highest scorer in the team with two goals.

According to statistics, Spain shot on target is low compared with that of France 24-34; ball possession looks even; corner kicks 20-31 but the offside thing needs a second look 7-10. That means the Refs could not resist blowing against them and they escaped the VAR but both the corners and shots at goal shows France easily put Spain under pressure and make them commit own goals or penalty kicks.

It is a marvel that a team like France that committed a whopping and highest 60 fouls in 4 matches, (average 15 fouls per match), can only bag 4 yellows and no red card. Paraguay had 58 fouls but the two smallest offenders were Korea (47) and Mexico (35). But then, Spain is no saints having 51 fouls, 4 yellow cards and no red card.

Muhoz has three goals to his credit and Karabinaite two. It is interesting to note that Alacid scored an own goal in their 5-1 drubbing of Tajikistan or else Taji would have been smashed 5-0 and Spain would only have conceded a lone goal. The defenses of both teams are tight. That means we may have low goals and the team that makes a mistake will lose it. France operates like a fox especially with the offside thing and may use that to send Spain home. A penalty shootout between both teams will go to the wire because their goalkeepers are good.

Spain never won the U17 cup but they were four times Silver medalists 1991, 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2017; as well as twice Bronze medalists in 1997 and 2009 in NGA. Their biggest win was 13-0 over New Zealand on 15th September 1997 at Ismailia, Egypt. They had three heavy loses 4-1 to England at Gladsaxe, Denmark on 19th May 2002; again to England 5-2 at Koikata, India on 28th October 2017 and to Italy 4-1 at Dublin, Ireland on 10th May 2019.

  • ENIOLA OLATUNJI.
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