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How to watch Italy vs Japan in 2017 U-20 World Cup, Group D: start time, TV schedule, and live stream

Might only be room for one of these two in the knockout rounds.

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With Uruguay expected to beat South Africa in the other concluding match of Group D, this looks a lot like a playoff for second place in the group. The draw would probably suit both teams: assuming South Africa doesn't beat Uruguay, a point apiece in this match would see Italy to the round of 16 as the Group D runner-up, and Japan likely would ease into the knockout rounds as one of the better third-placed teams.

Indeed, since Group C will be concluded by the time this game kicks off, the teams will have a pretty good idea of whether a draw sees them both through or not. If the third-placed team in Group C has three points or less, then four points would guarantee the Group D third-placed team a place in the round of 16 (because we already know that the third-best team in Group A, Argentina, only has three points - and a third-placed team only needs to be better than two others in the group stage to make it through to the knockout rounds).

So there's a chance these teams quietly settle on a stalemate. Results from the Group C games and the opening sequences of this one will tell us how much Italy and Japan really care about whether they finish second or third in their group.

Current standings in Group D:

Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Uruguay 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 6
2 Italy 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 3
3 Japan 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 3
4 South Africa 2 0 0 2 1 4 -3 0


Per livesoccertv.com, here's where to find the game if watching from the USA:

Italy vs Japan - U-20 World Cup, Group D

When: 7:00 am, Eastern; Saturday, May 27, 2017

Where: Cheonan Stadium, Cheonan, South Korea

TV: Fox Sports 1

Online: Fox Sports GO, Fox Soccer 2GO, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, fubo.tv