FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2016 Semi-finals
Spain, Japan, Korea DPR and Venezuela are the four remaining sides in the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, with just one match in the way to reach the Final!
Japan are the defending champions and must play a tough Spanish team in order to progress to the final, Korea DPR (winners of this tournament in 2008), will meet Venezuela who are yet to make it to a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Final.
Venezuela v Korea DPR (Mon 17 Oct – 16:00, local)
Deyna Castellanos was again the key player in Venezuela’s quarter-final win over Mexico, having gone 1-0 down it was Deyna with her outstanding talent that scored the two stunning goals to earn Venezuela the win. Deyna’s performance at this tournament so far has been an absolute joy to watch, and if she is on form in this semi-final clash then the Venezuela could book themselves in their first U-17 Women’s World Cup Final.
Korea DPR have showcased great teamwork during their tournament so far and a resilience to fight their way back into a game. Ri Hae-Yon is probably their biggest threat in attack but have a number of other players who can also cause problems for Venezuela.
Spain v Japan (Mon 17 Oct – 19:00, local)
Spain have been so close to a U-17 Women’s World Cup title having made the final on a couple of previous occasions and they are desperate to claim the top prize. In the last edition of this tournament it was against Japan that they lost the final against, something the Spanish will try to avenge.
Japan have looked impressive throughout the tournament so far, they beat a strong English side by three goals in the quarter-final stage and were the only team to win all of their group stage matches.
Here’s a reminder of the full FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup match schedule.
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