Fifa u-17 World Cup 2017: Brazil, Chile and Paraguay qualify for main event, Colombia could be next
Football powerhouse Brazil, Chile and Paraguay today qualified for the Under-17 Fifa World Cup to be held in India in October from the South American qualifying tournament in Chile.
New Delhi: Football powerhouse Brazil, Chile and Paraguay on Friday qualified for the Under-17 Fifa World Cup to be held in India in October from the South American qualifying tournament in Chile.
The three countries have secured three of the four CONMEBOL tickets on offer to the Fifa U-17 World Cup India 2017 with a match to spare at the South American U-17 Championship in Chile.
The South American U-17 Championship was being held in three cities of Chile.
Colombia are the favourites to take the fourth slot as they need just a point on the final matchday on Sunday to finish ahead of Ecuador and Venezuela and qualify for the U-17 flagship event to be held in India from 6 to 28 October.
Paraguay were the first to seal passage after they beat Venezuela 3-1. Chile then earned qualification with a 1-0 victory over Ecuador.
Brazil, meanwhile, blanked Colombia 3-0 to confirm their ticket to India. Brazil's win left them on top of six-team final stage league table with 10 points, followed by Chile (9 points), Paraguay (8), Colombia (4), Ecuador (1) and Venezuela (1). Each team is left with one match each to be played on Sunday.
Goals from Rodrigo De Paul and Lautaro Martinez rounded off a successful night for Lionel Scaloni's team in Buenos Aires as they maintained their unbeaten start to the qualification campaign
FIFA revealed its detailed plan last month, after meeting with retired players, to redraft the calendar of international football competitions with biennial World Cups for men and women at the heart. The proposal was strongly backed by FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
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