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Brazil and Niger are through to the round of 16! There was not much to say for the contest but the Brazilians were superior in every department. Carlos Amadeu’s boys are Group D winners with nine points out of nine. Niger have not been entirely convincing but the Africans will be pleased to progress to the knockouts in their first attempt.
Full time! Niger 0-2 Brazil
Five minutes of added time underway. Helio Junio tries one from the right of the box but his shot trickles wide of the far post. Wesley has another attempt at goal which is punched high and behind by keeper Khaled. Niger win a corner in the final seconds of the match and it's a deep one. The header from the Nigerien player is rather tame and goes behind harmlessly, which in a nutshell, tells you everything about the match. The referee blows for full time and that's that.
85` Niger 0-2 Brazil
Into the last five minutes of the match and it has become very boring now. VERY, VERY boring. But hey, only five more minutes to go!
80` Niger 0-2 Brazil
With Spain leading North Korea 2-0, the last 10 minutes of this match seem unpromising. Neither side has an incentive to change the situation and it looks like the proceedings here will peter out without much action.
72` Niger 0-2 Brazil
Brazil continue to pepper Niger’s defence with long balls. It has been a useful strategy for Amadeu’s boys as passes have penetrated the backline. Lincoln had a great chance earlier in this half when he was found free on the edge of the Niger box but he could not finish it. Future opponents of the African side must be taking note.
63` Niger 0-2 Brazil
Careless from Brazil there and Niger nearly pull a goal back. The ball is given away straight to Boubacar who attempts a one-two with Yacine but Yacine's pass is blocked and he lets one fly but his shot is saved by a diving Brazao.
58` Niger 0-2 Brazil
A brilliant long ball from Vitao finds Lincoln. The Brazilian No 9 takes it down brilliantly on his chest before trying to loop it over the onrushing goalkeeper. There's too much on that shot and the ball goes over the bar. Absolutely brilliant play from Brazil here.
51` Niger 0-2 Brazil
Niger with their second change as Ibrahim Boubacar comes on for Kairou Amoustapha. The intensity has dropped off Brazil in the opening minutes of the second half.
Second half kicks off!
Niger get us underway in the second half but Brazil gain possession and Helio Junio tries his luck from a volley from outside the box. It sails far and wide from the goal. Niger make their first change as skipper Karim Tinni makes way for Salim Abdourahmane. Wonder why they waited for 118 seconds after the second half began and not make the change at half-time itself.
Halftime! Niger 0-2 Brazil
An impressive half by Brazil. Even though it is not a must-win game for Amadeu’s boys, they have shown utmost commitment and desire to post their third straight win. A slight worry for Brazil, though, as Vitinho was taken off before the interval. He had already been treated for knocks earlier. As for Niger, they can be comfortable in the knowledge that their place in the round of 16 is by no means under threat right now. Although the Africans have offered little in the name of chances, they have kept the scoreline respectable.
45` Niger 0-2 Brazil
Niger have responded impressively to going two goals down. Although no clear-cut chances have been created, there’s a sharper edge to the African side’s movement and passing. Brazil are able to keep Niger at bay thanks to their unrelenting concentration. But at least, the one-way traffic has abated.
36` Niger 0-2 Brazil
That will definitely go down as the miss of the tournament. Yacine's deflected cross bounces away from the Brazilian centre-back and Kairou ghosts behind him and he needs only to get a touch on the ball but he mistimes his kick and Brazao quickly scampers to grab the ball. What a let off for Brazil.
Brazil’s dominance has its say once again. An obvious hint of fortune there as Brenner’s freekick took a deflection off the Nigerien wall. But such has been the one-sided nature of the proceedings that it is difficult to begrudge Brazil the goal. Coach Carlos Amadeu’s boys are on their way to finishing as Group D winners.
32` GOAL! Brenner doubles Brazil's lead! Niger 0-2 Brazil
Brenner takes the free kick and it takes a wicked deflection of Yacine in the wall which wrong-foots keeper Khaled and the balls sneaks into the back of the net.
31` Niger 0-1 Brazil
That's a nasty clash of heads. Djibrilla Ibrahim looks to head the ball but misses and crashes into the back of Vitinho's head. The Nigerien gets up quickly and is booked for the challenge but Vitinho stays down for a couple of minutes as he recovers from the blow.
28` Niger 0-1 Brazil
The referee pauses the game for a water break. It has been damage limitation for Niger since going a goal down early in the match. One wonders how long their defiance stands against this quality Brazil attack.
25` Niger 0-1 Brazil
Brazil have had 8 shots compared to a single shot by Niger. Vitinho almost doubles Brazil's lead but his toe-poke from a quick throw goes wide off the goal.
22` Niger 0-1 Brazil
Niger have somewhat stemmed the chaos which reigned in the early exchanges. Brazil were threatening to run over the World Cup debutants but the match has slowed down to a pace at which the Nigeriens can feel more comfortable. Niger know that they can qualify even with a defeat, so there is little riding on this contest.
16` Brazil 0-1 Niger
Brazil aren't taking their foot off the gas despite taking that early lead. The Samba boys bast nearly 80% of the possession here. It's gonna be a long long night for Niger here.
10` Niger 0-1 Brazil
Lincoln goes down injured and it looks like there is an issue with the back of his thigh. He is Brazil's most important player in this tournament along with Paulinho and we will wait to see if the Brazil coach takes him off early. He walks off the pitch after some treatment and he's back on.
This is a familiar ground for many of the Brazil players here as they played the BRICS Cup final last year in Fatorda. And their comfort shows as a quick breakaway allows Paulinho to put a ball across the face of the goal which is expertly put away by Lincoln. The duo has been responsible for all of the goals scored by Brazil in this tournament and there could be more tonight.
8` Niger 0-1 Brazil
A strong start by Brazil tonight. They are dominating the flanks and whipping in some devilish crosses. Niger on the back foot early on.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Moukhliss has given Spain the lead against Korea DPR in their match in Kochi.
Kick off! And GOAL! Niger 0-1 Brazil
And we are off in Goa. What a start from Brazil! Lincoln gets on the end of a cross from the right and it is a simple tap-in for the forward. Brazil lead inside four minutes.
A bit of a surprise to see the absence of Salim Abdourahmane as he’s the only Nigerien player to score in this tournament. But ‘The Emperor’, as coach Tiemogo Soumaila is popularly known, is aiming to shake things up after the drubbing his boys received at the hands of Spain. Ibrahim Boubacar was responsible for scoring the goal which put Niger through to this tournament but he has to make to do with a place on the bench as well.
First match for both sides in Goa. Brazil is already certain of a place in the round of 16 while Niger will enter the knockouts if Spain gets a draw over North Korea, irrespective of the result here. Despite their strong position, the Brazilians have made only one change to the side with Alan making way for Vitinho who makes his debut today. For Niger, there are two inclusions in the form of Nasser Mahaman and Kairou Amoustapha at the expense of Salim Abdourahmane and Ibrahim Boubacar
The lineups are out!
Niger: Khaled Lawali (GK), Yacine Wa Massamba, Nasser Mahaman, Farouk Idrissa, Habibou Sofiane, Kairou Amoustapha, Karim Tinni (C), Djibrilla Ibrahim, Kader Aboubacar, Rachid Soumana, Ibrahim Namata
Brazil: Gabriel Brazao (GK), Wesley, Vitao (C), Lucas Halter, Victor Bobsin, Weverson, Paulinho, Marcos Antonio, Lincoln, Vitinho, Brenner
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the Group D clash between Niger and Brazil.
Preview: Debutants Niger will have an uphill task on their way to qualification for the pre-quarterfinals as they take on three-time champions Brazil in a Group D clash of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup on Thursday.
Niger had a dream start to the tournament when they won their opening encounter against North Korea. They, however, lost their next game to Spain.
Having three points from two outings, they have to win to ensure a berth in the knockout stages but against a rampant Brazilian side who have won both their ties against Spain and North Korea to top Group D and make it to the knock-out round, their task will be cut out.
"It going to be a tough match against Brazil which we have to win in order to qualify for the knock-out round. We have the potential to overcome the three times champions and are looking forward to the challenge," said Niger coach Ismaila Tiemoko.
Added, in Goa, where both teams will be playing for the first time after coming down from Kochi, Brazil will feel at home given they were also ruled by the Portuguese.
Brazil, who were also the runners-up twice, are looking to win the title for the fourth time.
The Brazilian trio of Lincoln, Paulinho and Brenner have combined well up front and have troubled their rival defence with their sublime skill.
Their midfield duo of Marcos Antonio and Alan Souza will keep the upfront busy with regular supply of passes.
"We are happy to come down to Goa, the place is similar to Brazil and we feel at home here as the weather is same like Brazil," said media manager Gregorio.
"We are happy to play our last match of the league down in Goa as there are lot of Brazilian fans staying here and they will come to cheer our team."
Brazil: Gabriel Brazao, Wesley, Vitao. Lucas Halter, Victor Bobsin, Weverson, Paulinho, Marcos Antonio, Lincoln, Alan, Lucao, Matheus Stockl, Rodrigo Guth, Luan Candido, Victor Yan, Rodrigo Nestor, Vitinho, Yuri Alberto, Brenner, Yuri Sena.
Niger: Moussa Laouali, Yacine Wa Massamba, Mahamadou Mahamane, Nasser Mahaman, Farouk Idrissa, Ismael Issaka, Habibou Sofiane, Kairou Amoustapha, Rachid Alfari, Karim Tinni, Djibrilla Ibrahim, Yacouba Aboubacar, Kader Aboubacar, Rachid Soumana, Abdoulaye Boubacar, Ibrahim Boubacar, Ibrahim Namata, Salim Abdourahmane, Hamid Galissoune, Khaled Lawali.
Published Date: Oct 13, 2017 07:31 pm | Updated Date: Oct 13, 2017 10:38 pm
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