Mexico to face Argentina in U-17 World Cup semifinal

El Tri's U-17 contingent looks to continue the defense of its World Cup title with a difficult semifinal match against the South American power.
Mexico’s Under-17 side will face rival Argentina in the semifinal of the World Cup on Tuesday, as the team seeks to defend its title in United Arab Emirates.

El Tri overcame Brazil on Friday, drawing 1-1 through 120 minutes and winning an incredible penalty shootout 11-10.

Ivan Ochoa steered the ball in at the back post after a well-worked set piece to hand Mexico the lead in the 80th minute, but Brazil struck back five minutes from the end via Nathan.

Argentina defeated Ivory Coast 2-1 on Saturday to book its semifinal place.

Mexico’s U-17 side is still coached by Raul Gutierrez, who steered the team to a World Cup victory two years ago in Mexico, although the tournament didn’t start well in United Arab Emirates, with El Tri losing 6-1 to Nigeria in its opening match.

The other semifinal between Sweden and Nigeria will also take place on Tuesday.