Brasilia: Eugenio Pizzuto and Santiago Munoz struck first-half goals as Mexico defeated Japan 2-0 on Wednesday to book their FIFA Under-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 quarter-final spot.
Japan entered the contest with an unbeaten record having beaten the Netherlands 3-0 and drawn 0-0 with the USA, before sealing a 1-0 win over Senegal to finish as Group D winners. Mexico, meanwhile, finished third in Group F and qualified as the best third-placed team.
Mexico will play Korea Republic in the quarter-finals on Sunday.
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: Tajikistan found Spain's strikers too hot to handle as the Central Asians fell to a 5-1 defeat in their FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 Group E tie at the Estádio Kléber Andrade on Thursday.
Tajikistan went into the match buoyant after having opened their campaign with a 1-0 win over African champions Cameroon but Spain were on top from the start to register their first triumph of the tournament, having settled for a 0-0 draw with Argentina on Matchday One.