Argentina and Brazil have both qualified for the second group stage of the South American Youth Championships.
The Under 20s Championship kicked off on 16th January and has showed glimpses of why South America’s youth are the most valuable teenagers on the planet.
We have already told you how Neymar stunned Paraguay and Colombia but there’s a new boy on the samba scene.
19-year-old, Henrique, has scored in Brazil’s last two games to secure their place in the second group stage. The Sao Paulo youngster scored the opening goal against Bolivia in Brazil’s third match, but that goal was later cancelled out as Bolivia equalised and held on for a comfortable draw. He then scored in Brazil’s final group game against Ecuador to gift his side a 1-0 victory that propelled them into the next round.
Meanwhile in Group A, Argentina have qualified thanks to a host of upcoming young stars. As did Brazil, Argentina drew their third match of the tournament against Venezuela. A goal from Sergio Araujo saw them pick up a point.
Sergio Araujo is only 18-years old and plays for Boca Juniors in his home country. He has represented Argentina at Under-17 level but was called up to make the step up for this tournament. At the younger level, Araujo scored 6 times in 8 appearances and has already made 9 appearances for Boca last season. The boy is definitely one to watch for the future and if he keeps progressing at the same rate he could be the talk of the next transfer window.
Argentina concluded their group with a comfortable 3-1 win against Chile. Two goals from Facundo Ferreyra and a single from Claudio Mosca set them on their way to topping the group.
The second group stage kicks off on 31st January and Brazil and Argentina are set to meet each other on 6th February. Injuries will play a big part in determining which team comes out on top in this encounter. Neymar still holds the crown of the tournaments top goalscorer but has failed to convert in his last two games. If he comes good by the second group stage, I can see Brazil walking all over this tournament and I can see a very bright future for the little samba stars.