(Sporting Alert) — After losing their semi-finals, Sweden and Argentina will look to leave the FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament on a winning note when they take on each other in the third place game in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
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Argentina were defeated by defending champions Mexico 3-0 and went down to nine players in the end in their semi-final game, while Sweden were beaten by a similar score by three-time champions Nigeria in their last four contest.
On Friday the two will now battle for the consolation third place prize at Mohamed Bin Zayed Stadium and both coaches have promised to go into the game the mind-set of a championship clash.
“The defeat by Mexico has not dented our motivation,” Argentina head coach Humberto Grondona said ahead of the battle.
“We’re intent on finishing third and we’ll approach this match with the same attitude as usual. I’m very confident that we can obtain a positive result on Friday.”
Sweden forward Valmir Berisha added: “Now the world knows that the next generation of Swedish players is capable of great things, and we’re determined to end our time here with a medal.”
Argentina will be without skipper and goalkeeper Augusto Batalla, as well as defender Joaquin Ibanez, who both received red cards during the semi-final defeat against Mexico.
Meanwhile, midfielder Lucio Compagnucci believes the missed opportunity and first half sending off was to be blamed for their loss.
“It’s very painful and I feel pretty powerless, which I suppose is how you should feel after losing a semi-final,” said Compagnucci to FIFA.com.
“It was a strange game. We missed a penalty four minutes in. Then they scored, got another, and we had a player sent off. I feel very angry because the ball just didn’t want to go in.”
“If we’d put it (the penalty) away, we could have then sat back and hit on the counter,” added Compagnucci said on FIFA.com.
“It was just bad luck for Sebastian Driussi, but we all know very well that he’s helped us to win on other occasions, even if he couldn’t manage it today.”
In the final, the deciding game of the tournament, defending champions Mexico, who has looked very impressive throughout the tournament thus far, will lock horn with Nigeria, another team that has been playing like a championship side throughout the competition.
This game is also at the Mohamed Bin Zayed Stadium and will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App at 11:00 AM ET.