Tajikistan’s 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup campaign has ended in the group stages after a 3-1 defeat to Argentina in their final Group E outing on Sunday.
The 2018 AFC U16 Championship runners-up had began their U17 World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Cameroon, but defeats to Spain in their second outing and Argentina in their final group game confirmed their exit.
Юношеская сборная Таджикистана (U-17) завершила своё выступление на чемпионате мира-2019 в Бразилии
Юношеский чемпионат мира-2019 (U-17)
Группа «Е». 3-й тур
Аргентина – ТАДЖИКИСТАН – 3:1
Гол Таджикистана: Рустам Соиров. pic.twitter.com/XGMalhkOHt
— Tajikistan Football (@fft_official) November 3, 2019
Franco Orozco scored twice to give the South Americans a 2-0 lead at the Estadio Kleber Andrade in Cariacica, Brazil before Rustam Soirov gave the Tajiks a glimmer of hope when he converted a penalty kick in the 81st minute.
But Argentina reestablished a two-goal cushion in the 89th minute through Matias Godoy and knocked Tajikistan out of the world championship.
Spain, who defeated Cameroon 2-0 in their final group stage outing, progressed as Group E winners while Spain, who finished level on points with the Spaniards on seven, qualified for the knockout stages as runners-up on goal difference.
👇 Here’s how it shook out in Group F
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In Group F, Paraguay and Italy progressed as winners and runners-up respectively, while Mexico, who thrashed Solomon Islands 8-0 in their last group encounter, reached the Round of 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams along with Australia, Chile and Netherlands.
(Photo credit: Tajikistan Football Federation)