U-17 World Cup: Spain Outscore Mali, Set Up England Final

U-17 World Cup: Spain Outscore Mali, Set Up England Final

By James Agberebi: African champions Mali lost 3-1 to Spain in the second semi-final of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India on Wednesday.

A brace from Abel Ruiz and another strike from Feran Torres secured Spain’s qualification into Saturday’s final against England.

Mali’s goal was scored by Lassana N’Diaye.

Ruiz opened scoring for Spain in the 19th minute from the penalty spot before making it 2-0 on 43 minutes.

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

N’Diaye got a consolation goal when he pulled one back for Mali in the 74th minute.

Mali, who lost 2-0 to Nigeria in the final of the 2015 edition in Chile, will face Brazil in the third-place match on Saturday.

The final on Saturday means one of Spain or England will become U-17 World Cup champions for the very first time.

Spain were losing finalists in 1991, 2003 and 2007 against Ghana, Brazil and Nigeria respectively.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 4
  • Charles shilaka 4 months

    Age grade football without Nigeria will always be ‘tea without’ sugar. Africa has lost out completely because even in the 3rd place play offs Mali may not make any impact.
    Africa, please always present the best teams for global tournaments like this one

  • PapaFem 4 months

    There’s no quality representation for Africa this time around. A good team like Nigeria was comprehensively cheated during qualifiers. It’s appealing, but you get this when you appoint dubious refrees to oversee the selection of continental reps.

    • PapaFem 4 months

      *appalling* not appealing

      • Kel 4 months

        PapaFem, did you see the 35 year old Niger U-17 “boys” that knocked out Nigeria. The same thing in the U-20 qualifiers where Sudan played young Nigeria’s Nwakali, Osimhen & Co with 45 year old men and Nigeria didn’t complain to CAF. At the end of the day, 35 year old Zambian U-20 boys were beating little boys from European in the world cup until Germany stopped them and they think they’ve arrived, shouting Fashion, Nwepu and Dhaka everyhwere. If you doubt me, please take a close look at the YouTube videos of the U-17 Niger team and that of the U-20 Sudan team.