Spain and Argentina worked hard but could not find a breakthrough at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Vitoria ©FIFA

Two of football's powerhouses began their campaigns at the men's FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Brazil, with Spain and Argentina drawing 0-0 in Group E.

The eagerly anticipated clash at Estádio Kléber Andrade in Vitoria was somewhat disappointing.

Spanish goalkeeper Ivan Martinez was in good form, as was forward Pedri Gonzalez, but he was unable to break the deadlock.

The other game in Group E saw Tajikstan record a memorable 1-0 victory over African champions Cameroon.

It was the first match for Tajikstan on a global stage since 2007.

In 90 minutes of high drama, Cameroon started fast but were unable to take advantage of early possession and opportunities.  

Working on the counter-attack, Tajikstan won themselves a penalty in the second-half following a foul by Cameroon goalkeeper Manfred Ekoi.

Up stepped Sharifbek Rahmato to deliver a crucial first win, although they were forced to hang on for the last 20 minutes when Shuhrat Elmurodov was dismissed for two bookable offences.

Tajikstan on their way to a memorable win over Cameroon ©FIFA
Tajikstan on their way to a memorable win over Cameroon ©FIFA

In Group F, Italy were unsurprisingly way too strong for the Solomon Islands, winning 5-0.

A double from Degnand Gnonto inspired the victory, with the Italians 3-0 up at halftime at Estádio Bezerrão in Gama.

They are now strong favourites for the group, with Paraguay and Mexico having played out a goalless draw.

Tomorrow's games are due see hosts Brazil looking for a second win in Group A, against New Zealand, and Angola playing Canada.

In Group B, Australia face Hungary and Nigeria play Ecuador.