Kuala Lumpur: The Round of 16 cast for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 was finalised following the conclusion of the group stage on Sunday, with three of Asia's four representatives advancing.
Asian champions Japan, Korea Republic and Australia sealed their places while Tajikistan missed out after falling to a 3-1 defeat to South American powerhouse Argentina in their final Group E tie on Sunday.
Having produced some impressive performances in the group stage, Asia's three representatives will be confident of holding their own in the knockout stage despite facing quality opposition.
Vitoria: Argentina ended Tajikistan's FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 campaign with a 3-1 win in Group E action at the Estádio Kléber Andrade on Sunday.
Tajikistan put up a brave fight but Argentina proved too strong as the South Americans finished runners-up behind Spain on goal difference to advance to a Round of 16 meeting with Group F winners Paraguay.
Tajikistan, the AFC U-16 Championship Malaysia 2018 runners-up, ended their campaign with one win and two defeats.
Goiania: Korea Republic nullified an energetic Haiti side to capture a 2-1 victory in Group C play at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 at the Estádio da Serrinha on Sunday.
The Taeguk Warriors capitalised on a goalkeeping mistake to take the lead in the 26th minute and added another to their tally 15 minutes later by forcing a turnover, earning a lead they would not relinquish to open their campaign in style.