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In Pictures: The path for Nigeria and Mexico to the Under 17 World Cup Final

November 7, 2013

Nigeria and Mexico will meet on Friday night at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi to contest the 2013 Fifa Under 17 World Cup Final. Photo Courtesy Fifa
Nigeria and Mexico will meet on Friday night at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi to contest the 2013 Fifa Under 17 World Cup Final. Photo Courtesy Fifa
Nigeria, group play: Nigeria finished first in Group F, winning twice and drawing once for seven points from three matches. They leveled Mexico, their opponent on Friday, by a 6-1 tally. Alex Grimm / Fifa
Nigeria, group play: Nigeria finished first in Group F, winning twice and drawing once for seven points from three matches. They leveled Mexico, their opponent on Friday, by a 6-1 tally. Alex Grimm / Fifa
Mexico, group play: The Mexicans, despite a heavy loss to Nigeria, finished second to progress out of Group F with six points. Mexico did earn a slim 1-0 victory over Sweden, who held Mexico to a draw in group play. Razan Alzayani / The National
Mexico, group play: The Mexicans, despite a heavy loss to Nigeria, finished second to progress out of Group F with six points. Mexico did earn a slim 1-0 victory over Sweden, who held Mexico to a draw in group play. Razan Alzayani / The National
Nigeria, round of 16: Nigeria had four different scorers in a 4-1 win over Iran in Al Ain, as Samuel Okon, Kelechi Iheanacho and Musa Muhammed scored in the first half. Nigeria's fans have been a raucous presence at the tournament. Karim Sahib / AFP
Nigeria, round of 16: Nigeria had four different scorers in a 4-1 win over Iran in Al Ain, as Samuel Okon, Kelechi Iheanacho and Musa Muhammed scored in the first half. Nigeria's fans have been a raucous presence at the tournament. Karim Sahib / AFP
Mexico, round of 16: Alejandro Diaz scored 26 minutes in and Ivan Ochoa added another tally in extra time for a comprehensive 2-0 defeat of Italy. Lee Hoagland / The National
Mexico, round of 16: Alejandro Diaz scored 26 minutes in and Ivan Ochoa added another tally in extra time for a comprehensive 2-0 defeat of Italy. Lee Hoagland / The National
Nigeria, quarter-final: Taiwo Awoniyi scored twice, at the 18th minute and the 79, the ease past Uruguay into the semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Uruguay. Richard Heathcote / Fifa
Nigeria, quarter-final: Taiwo Awoniyi scored twice, at the 18th minute and the 79, the ease past Uruguay into the semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Uruguay. Richard Heathcote / Fifa
Mexico, quarter-final: In an appropriately thrilling match, Ochoa's 80th-minute goal was soon equalised by Brazil's Nathan in the 85th, and the teams eventually went to penalties. Each made all but one of their first 10 kicks before Mosquito finally missed for the Brazilians and Diaz clinched it for the Mexicans. Satish Kumar / The National
Mexico, quarter-final: In an appropriately thrilling match, Ochoa's 80th-minute goal was soon equalised by Brazil's Nathan in the 85th, and the teams eventually went to penalties. Each made all but one of their first 10 kicks before Mosquito finally missed for the Brazilians and Diaz clinched it for the Mexicans. Satish Kumar / The National
Nigeria, semi-final: The Nigerians met Sweden once more, and once again scored three goals, but this time conceded none in a 3-0 victory that saw Awoniyi and Okon score again, with Chidera Ezeh chipping in another. AP Photo
Nigeria, semi-final: The Nigerians met Sweden once more, and once again scored three goals, but this time conceded none in a 3-0 victory that saw Awoniyi and Okon score again, with Chidera Ezeh chipping in another. AP Photo
Mexico, semi-final: Like Nigeria, Mexico secured a 3-0 win for passage into the final, as the title-holders of this tournament dispatched Argentina. Ochoa scored twice and Marco Granados added one more. Hassan Ammar / AP
Mexico, semi-final: Like Nigeria, Mexico secured a 3-0 win for passage into the final, as the title-holders of this tournament dispatched Argentina. Ochoa scored twice and Marco Granados added one more. Hassan Ammar / AP

Review how Nigeria and Mexico made their ways to Friday’s Fifa Under 17 World Cup final in Abu Dhabi.