An anticipated clash between Brazil and Mexico will take off Friday in the UAE for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
Mexico won the title two years ago, and it is eager to qualify for the semi-final.
Mexico’s Coach Raul Gutierrez said his team won’t be surrendering their FIFA U17 World Cup crown without a fight.
“We’re working hard to be the champions again,” Khaleej Times newspaper quoted Gutierrez as saying. “We are willing to repeat the same result as the previous tournament.
He added: “We will treat Friday’s game with the respect it deserves. We know that Brazil has a very important tradition that we have to respect when it comes to football and it will be a tough game. We respect the fact that they have good strikers.”
On Friday, Honduras will also face Sweden in Abu Dhabi for the right to meet either Nigeria or Uruguay at the semi-final stage.
Argentina or the Ivory Coast will await Brazil or Mexico in Abu Dhabi at a slightly earlier kick-off time on the same day.