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Spain and Brazil complete semi-final line-up

We now know the identity of the four semi-finalists at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 after Spain and Brazil ran out victorious in their respective quarter-final ties against Iran and Germany.

La Rojita lived up to expectations by convincingly dispatching Team Melli, helped by one of the goals of the tournament from Sergio Gomez, which you can admire here. The blockbuster bout between Die Nationalmannschaft and A Seleção – two of the biggest names in world football and two heavyweights at this age group – did not disappoint either, serving up an engrossing, tight contest. There could only be one winner, however, and an inspired Paulinho proved the difference-maker, setting up his side’s first goal before scoring the second himself.

Spain go on to face Mali in Navi Mumbai in the last four, while Brazil take on England in Guwahati.


What we learned
1. A bridge too far: With a place in the semi-finals up for grabs, the pressure seemed to get to Iran, who appeared cowed by what was at stake rather than emboldened by their previous trailblazing exploits. Team Melli were a shadow of the side that had performed so brilliantly in the group stage and Round of 16, failing to give Spanish goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez anything to worry about in the first half. It was only after slipping 3-0 down that the Asians began to carry a threat, with substitute Saeid Karimi reducing the arrears soon after. Mohammad Sardari subsequently had a chance to make it 3-2, only to be denied by a superb stop from Fernandez that put paid to the Iranians’ comeback hopes.

2. Brazilians breached but still not beaten: Having gone 376 minutes without conceding after a Wesley own goal had handed Spain the advantage in their opener, Brazil finally saw their net rippled again in the last eight. Jann-Fiete Arp’s 21st-minute penalty – his fifth strike of the tournament – not only ended that shutout streak, but also took the Germany captain level with France’s Amine Gouiri and Mali’s Lassana N’Diaye atop the goal charts and made Arp the first opposition player to score against the South Americans at India 2017.

3. Fan-tastic occasions: The Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium saved the best for last, with 28,436 supporters – the highest attendance recorded at the venue over the past few weeks – turning out to see Spain strut their stuff in the final match to be staged in Kochi in this tournament. It was a similar story in the evening, when a close-to-capacity crowd of 66,613 watched Germany and Brazil do battle at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium.

The stat of the day
162 – The number of goals scored so far at this U-17 World Cup after seven were added to the total in Sunday’s games. The record tally of 172 dates back to UAE 2013, followed by Korea Republic 2007 (165 goals). With four matches still to go, this could yet go down as the highest-scoring edition of the tournament ever.

The quote
“I’m really happy that we got to play five games. It’s been an amazing experience for the players and the coaching staff. We can already start harnessing this generation with a view to the future.”
Iran coach Abbas Chamanian

Bron: fifa.com