Iran vs Mexico: All you need to know about this FIFA U17 World Cup fixture

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Mexico will play against Iran in the Round of 16 of the U-17 World Cup on Tuesday. While Mexico was seen by many as a candidate to win it all, their tournament so far has been disastrous. They failed to win a game in group stages and qualified with only two points as the fourth best third-placed team.

Match Details

Date: Tuesday, October 17

Time: 4:30 AM Pacific, 6:30 AM Central, 7:30 AM Eastern

Venue: Fatorda Stadium, Margao, India

Television: NBC Universo (US-Spanish), Fox Sports 2(US-English), TDN (Mexico), Azteca 7 (Mexico), Canal 5 Televisa (Mexico), BeIN Sports Arabia (Iran)

The result means they will face the team that has shined the most in Iran. Iran has won all three games so far, including a crushing 4-0 defeat of Germany. To make matters worse, Iran played the last friendly match before the U-17 World Cup against Mexico and defeated them 3-0. Mexico will need to turn things around completely and have the whole team shine instead of just their star player Diego Lainez to pull what would be the biggest upset of the tournament so far.

Mexico came to the World Cup as one of the most promising teams because of their offensive power and with a reputation as a U-17 powerhouse. Although the group was tough, people expected them to be in the competition for first place and they failed at it. A disappointing tie with Iraq turned out to be their best game of the group stage as they would fall against England 3-2 and get a lackluster tie against a Chile team that had lost both games by big scores (4-0/3-0).

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Diego Lainez, who everybody thought was going to be the star of the team, has been the only player to meet expectations. Other players that were expected to also star in the competition like Roberto de la Rosa, Daniel Lopez and Jairo Torres have had disappointing tournaments and failed to show their supposed talent (especially in Torres’ case).

Mexico has been below par this tournament will face their biggest challenge against the Asian giants Iran. Mexico does have an attacking side but if they don’t have a complete level of change and can get to the small window of play they had in the second half against England, Mexico will go back sooner than everybody was expecting.

Predicted Lineups

Iran Line Up

1 Ali Gholam Zadeh
3 Ahmad Jalali
4 Amir Esmaeil Zadeh
6 T. Shariati
17 Mohammad Ghaderi
8 M. Sharifi
10 M. Ghobishavi
11 Y. Delfi
2 Ali Satavi
9 Allahyar Sayyad
7 Amirhossein Hosseinzadeh

Mexico Line Up

1 C. López
5 R. Sandoval
4 L. Olivas
3 C. Robles
2 A. Vázquez
8 A. Gutiérrez
16 L. Gamíz
19 D. Lainez
10 R. De La Rosa
7 J. Torres
9 D. López