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2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup: Can Brazil stop France?


The FIFA U-17 World Cup enters the semifinal stage as hosts Brazil continue their ‘host and win aspiration’.

After squeezing past Italy in the quarterfinals, the Selecao will have another European hurdle to clear as they come face to face with free-scoring France.

France, after humiliating Spain, will be hoping to silence the home crowd when they lock horns with Brazil on Thursday.

Back in the semi-finals for a second consecutive U-17 World Cup, the Brazilians will be up against another team who has flaunted considerable attacking flair.

A meeting with France in Brasilia on Thursday promises to be one of the most electric encounters of the competition since the Les Bleuets are the only other team that have yet to be beaten. But young Brazilian talent Patryck says he and his colleagues are not perturbed by the goalscoring abilities of the French.

“They are always looking to attack and push the pace of the match. “Besides their attacking ability, they are also very compact defensively to prevent counter-attacks. We’re talking now and making some adjustments”, Patryck said of France.

The Brazilian was of the view that fans in Brazil will inspire them to beat France “The fans here are like our 12th man. Especially with the culture of football and the national team, which everybody supports wholeheartedly. They'll be ready for the match, and so will we”, Patrick stated

The other semi-final is between Concacaf champions Mexico and European champions Netherlands.
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