Vitoria: 12 years ago Tajikistan took part in their first, and up until this year, only FIFA U-17 World Cup. In 2007 in Korea Republic, they secured a 4-3 win over USA in their opening match, and despite two 1-0 defeats after that by Belgium and Tunisia, they still managed to create history by making it into the Round of 16 as one of the best third-placed teams.
History may be in line to repeat itself here in Brazil, with the Asian team opening their Group E campaign with a shock 1-0 win over African champions Cameroon on Monday.
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.
Kuala Lumpur: The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2019 kicks off in Brazil on Saturday with Asia represented by Japan, Tajikistan, Australia and Korea Republic.
The four, who qualified based on their finish in the AFC U-16 Championship 2018, will be aiming to emulate Saudi Arabia - the only team from Asia to have won the age-group tournament - and the-AFC.com tracks the challenges ahead.