Spain meet England in U-17 World Cup final

Spain meet England in U-17 World Cup final

Spain meet England in U-17 World Cup final

Iran started the competition with a 3-1 victory over Guinea in Group C and defeated Germany 4-0 and Costa Rica 3-0 in their following matches.

Gelabert played Ruiz through with a fine ball and Ruiz duly side-footed it into the bottom corner to make it 2-0 at the cusp of half-time.

He might be one of the brightest youngsters in global football but Spanish striker and skipper Abel Ruiz is not thinking too far ahead and said now he just wants to focus on the final against England in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.“I am concentrating now only on the final game against England and not on anything else, ” said the FC Barcelona junior player after scoring a brace in Spains dominant 3-1 semifinal victory over African U-17 champions Mali here last night. But Mali goalkeeper Youssouf Koita pulled off a superb diving save.

All eyes were on FC Barcelona forward Abel Ruiz who has so far scored six goals in the tournament. They have scored all kinds of goals at this World Cup and their domination of Ghana in the quarterfinals showed that it will take a quality performance to stop another West African onslaught.

A first-half brace from Abel Ruiz and a third goal by Ferran Torres in the second-half sealed Spain's progression into the final. He also set up the second to find Ruiz on the right side of the box in the 43rd minute.

Around the one-hour mark, Chieck Oumar Doucoure's shot from 30 yards out hit the crossbar and bounced out after crossing the goal-line.

African champions' Mali's lone goal came through Lassana N'Diaye in the 74th minute. However, the goal came too late as Spain had already murdered Mali's hopes of progression with their three strikes. By virtue of this win, Spain have entered the final of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup for the fourth time after their first appearance in the title clash in 2007. The third-place decider will be held at 17:00 IST whereas the final will kick off at 20:00 IST at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan.

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