Asian teams given challenging draws in FIFA U-20 World Cup

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AFC U-19 Quarter Finals - Qatar v China

Asia’s Under-20 representatives in the FIFA U-20 World Cup learned their fate on Tuesday as the groups were drawn for the tournament, which kicks off on May 30 in Auckland.

Debutants have drawn one of the toughest groups in the tournament, as they will face hosts New Zealand, Ukraine, and the United States.

2014 AFC U-19 champions were placed in Group C with Colombia, Portugal, and a CAF representative to be determined in March’s African U-20 Championship which will take place in Senegal.

The winner of that tournament will join Group E along with North , who were runners-up to Qatar, Brazil, and Hungary.

, who reached the quarter finals of the 2013 tournament held in Turkey, will see themselves tested against Germany, Fiji, and Honduras.

Each of Asia’s four representatives will be looking to become the first team since Japan in 1999 to reach the final of the tournament, at the time known as the FIFA World Youth Championship.