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The U-17 (under 17) French national team defeated Uzbekistan 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the FIFA 2023 Indonesia U-17 World Cup held in Surakarta, Indonesia on the 25th (Korean time).
France, who was in the same group as Korea, defeated Senegal in a bloody penalty shootout in the round of 16 on the 22nd. And they faced Uzbekistan, the only Asian team to advance to the quarterfinals. Uzbekistan was a difficult opponent for France as it was the team that pulled off the upset by defeating England in the round of 16.
On this day, France pushed Uzbekistan throughout the first half. However, no goals were scored in the first half, and rather Uzbekistan found the net first in the second half. Saidov, who scored, cheered, but the score was canceled after being ruled offside.
France took a breather and took the lead in the 38th minute of the second half thanks to Bunev's dramatic first goal. France attempted a cross from the right flank and it resulted in a header. The header hit the goalpost, but Bunev, who was in front of the goal, scored the second ball and scored the first goal. France then held on well in the remaining time to secure a 1-0 victory.
Following the match between France and Uzbekistan, the quarterfinals were held between Mali and Morocco. Like France, Mali also had difficulty scoring goals throughout the game. However, Ibrahim Diarra's winning goal in the 36th minute of the second half defeated Morocco 1-0.
Thursday, January 11, 2024