The Three Lions of England have qualified to the finals of the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 after beating Brazil by 3-1 in Kolkata on Wednesday. The victory sets the stage for another encounter against Spain in a mouth-watering final on Saturday. This is a repeat of the European final.
Rhian Brewster hit a hat-trick in the 63,881 seater capacity Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium to make it two hat-tricks in the tournament. The young and talented Liverpool striker opened the scoring just nine minutes into the first half of the game, finishing off Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross on the rebound.
Brewster scored twice after his team’s lead was leveled through Wesley of Brazil on 21 minutes after England goalkeeper Curtis Anderson bounced the ball on his chest for a rebound into his net. The Brazilians come back strongly to threaten the goal area of the Three Lions but to no avail as the solid defence of their opponents would not allow them passage beyond the eighteen yard box.
The wonder kid spotting the Number 9 shirt finally put the match beyond a Brazilian comeback as he converted a low cross at the far post from substitute Emile Smith Rowe. Brazil will come up against Mali for the third place match on Saturday.
In the other game African Champions Mali missed the boat to the final at the Navi Mumbai/Dr. DY Patil Stadium as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat to former world champions Spain. Two goals from Abel Ruiz, and another courtesy Ferran Torres, were all the Spaniards needed to prevent the African champions from reaching back-to-back finals. Match referee SATO Ryuji from Japan and his assistants made sure sanity prevailed in the game which kept a lot fans on the edge of their seats due to its tense nature with Mali then looking the favourite on paper.
The African Champions had a glimmer of hope with 15 minutes to end proceedings when N’Diaye scored a delightful goal but the clock became their enemy as Spain held on to the 3-1 score line till the end of regulation time.
The final as well as the third place will be live on GTV, GTV Sports , Uniiq 95.7 FM and all regional GBC stations.
Story: Jacob Narh Nortah