Spain meet England in U-17 World Cup final

Spain meet England in U-17 World Cup final

African champions Mali lost 3-1 to Spain in the second semi-final of the 2017 Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup in India on Wednesday.

Ruiz scored twice in the first half to give Spain the lead at the break, before Ferran Torres made it three with 20 minutes to go.

Spain have never managed to capture the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup. The first was a penalty that Cesar Gelabert earned with a fine run that beat the offside trap and then was tripped inside the box. A two goal lead at half time meant Mali had to do a lot of work. Mali, who had reached the final of the previous edition in 2015, matched their rivals move for move for the most part and it was only the superb finishing ability of Spain centre-forward Ruiz that was the major difference between the two teams. His volley was spectacularly saved by 'keeper Youssouf Koita. With seven goals, Brewster has become the highest goal-scorer in the tournament so far. Mali replied at the other end when N'Diaye hit the side netting in the ninth minute. Ruiz stepped up to finish it easily and give the European champions the lead.

That was followed by a lengthy period during which Mali dominated possession with Spain creating regular chances on the counter.

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Spain was happy to soak Mali's pressure and in the 33rd minute nearly doubled its tally on the counter when Ruiz's side-footed finish, capping off a slick move from the left flank, missed the right-hand post by a whisker. Protests broke out from the Mali bench and the referee had to approach the bench and even flashed a card to one of the staff members.

In the 71st minute, Torres scored to make it 3-0 to Spain.

N'Diaye reduced the margin for Mali soon after when he neatly received a cross, saw off a Spanish defender before calmly beating the goalkeeper.

Interestingly enough, England and Spain also met in the final of this year's UEFA U-17 European Championship, which the Spaniards won on penalties following a 2-2 draw.

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