FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 Final, England vs Spain, Football Match Result: Young Lions are Champions

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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 Final, England vs Spain, Football Match Result: Young Lions are Champions
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    What a night for English football! The Young Lions follow up their U-20 World Cup and U-19 Euro victories by clinching the U-17 World Cup. The victory was made even sweeter by the fact that they defeated rivals Spain in the final who had denied them the U-17 Euros title. A brace from Golden Ball winner Phil Foden and a goal apiece from Golden Boot winner Rhian Brewster, Morgan Gibbs White and Marc Guehi helped England complete their turnaround after Sergio Gomez's brace had given Spain the lead. England finish the tournament as the only unbeaten side and surely, the future is bright for the Three Lions.

    That's it from us here. Thank you for joining us. Goodnight!

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    England are U-17 Champions!

    Phil Foden picks up the Golden Ball award given to the best player of the tournament. Thoroughly deserving for the Manchester City youngster.

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    England are U-17 Champions!

    Brazil's Gabriel Brazao wins the Golden Glove award for the Best Goalkeeper. 

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    England are U-17 Champions!

    Rhian Brewster wins the Golden Boot award after he topped the goalscorers' chart with 8 goals. 

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    England are U-17 Champions!

    Brazil skipper Vitao takes award on behalf of his team as Brazil win the fair play award. 

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    FT. England 5-2 Spain

    Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri brings out the FIFA U-17 World Cup trophy and the presentation part includes FIFA President Gianni Infantino, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, AIFF President Praful Patel and Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. 

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    FT. England 5-2 Spain

    What a year this has been for England!

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    Meanwhile, the officials are preparing the stage for England's coronation. England players are all over the ground celebrating. Amidst all this, Spain players have walked to the quietest part of the ground playing audience to England's party. The crowd has stayed back to witness England lift the trophy. Remarkable scenes at the Salt Lake stadium. 

  • FT. England 5-2 Spain

    "England! England!' the Kolkata crowd sing. It's taken long but this remarkable team has forced them to fall in love with them. The England players are throwing their jerseys in the crowd. These players are already superstars in India and the day is not far when they will be household names. 

  • FT. England 5-2 Spain

    That's it! There goes the full-time whistle and England can celebrate. What a performance it has been. They have totally destroyed a team of Spain's calibre in the second half. The England team analysts that are sitting beside me can't stop celebrating. They are packing their bags and rushing down to celebrate with the team!

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    England are U-17 World Champions!

    England have avenged their defeat in the U-17 Euros to Spain and they have done it in style!  They went by two goals but responded superbly to mount a comeback. A brilliant night for English football here tonight as they win their first ever U-17 title!

  • 90+2` England 5-2 Spain

    Things are getting ugly a bit out there. It's shame after what's been a wonderful game of football. It's hard for Spain to take it, but deep down they will know they have been beaten by a better team.

  • 89` England 5-2 Spain

    It's 5! Foden again! England are surely champions now! Wonderful play from Callum Hudson-Odoi to first win the ball, then ride the challenge and then play Foden with a delightful cross-field diagonal. Foden kept his composure to finish well! England are a class apart!

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    88` GOAL! Phil Foden scores again! England 5-2 Spain

    Phil Foden has put this match to bed! Hudson-Odoi spots Foden's run and plays the ball over the top. The Man City man runs free on goal and smashes the ball past Fernandez. 

  • 86` England 4-2 Spain

    GOAL! England score another! Marc Guehi the Chelsea centre-back has put daylight between them and their opponents. With less than ten minutes to play, there's no way back for Spain now. England if they hold on will be deserving champions. They have been the best team in the tournament from minute one to last.

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    84` GOAL! Marc Guehi scores! England 4-2 Spain

    Marc Guehi scores his first ever goal for England and it might well be the one that win them the World Cup! Latibeaudiere does well to head the ball in the path of Brewster whose shot is blocked. However, Guehi is on hand to lash the ball into the empty net. Surely England have won it!

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    80` England 3-2 Spain

    The crowd rises to its feet to applaud as England's goalscorer Morgan Gibbs White is replaced by Nya Kirby. Spain also make a change as Carlos Beitia comes on for Antonio Blanco. 

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    79` England 3-2 Spain

    Mateu Jaume bursts into the England penalty area and shoots but his scuffed shot rolls past the post. 

  • 76` England 3-2 Spain

    Water break in the second half. A much-needed one for Spain who have lost their edge and also look a bit jaded after the early burst of energy. There is enough in the Spanish ranks to rescue this game, but they need something to lift themselves. England are looking rampant and Spain need to find something quickly before England score again. Meanwhile, the fans are enjoying this one hell of a football match.

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    72` England 3-2 Spain

    Terrific positioning from Sessegnon! Spain get a corner and the second time cross is headed towards goal but the Fulham man is there to clear the ball away from the goal line. 

  • 71` England 3-2 Spain

    GOAL!!! England lead! Hudson-Odoi who's got the better of Mateu Jaume all evening long finally is able to deliver a sublime cross for Phil Foden to fire into the roof of the net. The Manchester City midfielder who has run the show for England throughout the tournament deserved his goal. This England team are special. They have extraordinary abilities and they know that all too well. They've stayed committed to their style of play and have reaped the rewards. 

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    69` GOAL! Phil Foden gives England the lead! England 3-2 Spain

    Foden finally gets the goal he deserves. Hudson-Odoi gets away on the left and he whips the ball across the Spanish goal. Foden arrives at the far post to blast the ball in the back of the net! What a turnaround this has been from the Young Lions!

  • 68` England 2-2 Spain

    Good response from Spain to being pegged back. The European champions have slowed the pace of the game and have had a good spell of possession. This game is on a knife edge and the destination of the next goal could well determine the final outcome. The crowd that was chirpy throughout the first half now sense the anxiety of the contest. Great battle this!

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    64` England 2-2 Spain

    Hudson-Odoi with an attempt on goal. The Chelsea player gets the ball from Sessegnon and cuts inside before shooting. His shot is tame and Fernandez catches the ball comfortably. 

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    61` England 2-2 Spain

    England go close to taking the lead as Foden chests Hudson-Odoi's crossfield ball and smashes in the ball on the volley but Fernandez manages to save the shot on the near post. 

  • 60` England 2-2 Spain

    England are level! Morgan Gibbs White equalises for England and once again it's that Foden-Sessegnon combination that does the trick for England. Stunning comeback. These England players have great belief in their ability. Spain need to get out of that defensive shape and re-establish the threat they had in the first half.

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    58` GOAL! Gibbs White equalises! England 2-2 Spain

    England get their equaliser. Foden plays a perfectly weighted ball for the overlapping Sessegnon, The right-back crosses it for Gibbs White to tap in from close range. We have a game on our hands' ladies and gentlemen!

  • 53` England 1-2 Spain

    England have begun the second half strongly. Spain sitting deep and defending. The English players are closing down the Spanish players much more quickly in the second half, not allowing them to counter-attack with the same ease as the first half.

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    50` England 1-2 Spain

    Phil Foden and Hudson-Odoi work a short corner and Foden glides inside the box and shoots but his shot is blocked by a mass of Spanish defenders.

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    48` England 1-2 Spain

    Jaume passes it straight to Foden from a free-kick. The Manchester City man looks to slip it in through to Brewster but Chust muscles the No 9 off the ball.

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    46` England 1-2 Spain

    Spain win an early corner. Sergio Gomez whips in a wicked delivery at the front post but Curtis Anderson fists it away for a throw-in. 

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    England 1-2 Spain

    Abel Ruiz gets us underway in the second half. 

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  • HT. England 1-2 Spain

    The half ends with Fernandez stretching every muscle to deny Brewster his second of the game and thus preserving Spain's lead. It's been one hell of a half. Spain were the more effective team for the first forty minutes, but England have come back strongly in the last five minutes. Halftime has come at a wrong time for them. Bring on the second half!

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    Halftime. England 1-2 Spain

    England end the first-half on top. Guillamon gives away a foul on the edge of the box. Brewster steps up to take the free-kick. His shot clears the wall easily and is destined to find the back of the net only for Fernandez to push it over the bar. The Paraguayan referee Enrique Caceres blows for half-time and that will be music to the Spanish ears. 

  • 45+1` England 1-2 Spain

    England pull one back. Sessegnon with a peach of a delivery to find Brewster in the centre who makes no mistake in sending his header past the Spanish goalkeeper. Game on! Spain look slightly tired. England on top now.

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    44` Brewster scores! England 1-2 Spain

    The goal has been coming for England and it is Brewster who scores. A beautiful cross from Sessegnon and Brewster is in the perfect position to head the ball in. 

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    42` England 0-2 Spain

    That is probably England's best chance of the match. Hudson-Odoi cuts in from the left and unleashes a venomous shot. Fernandez dives but is beaten only for the ball to cannon back off the upright. 

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    38` England 0-2 Spain

    Foden with a golden opportunity to pull one back. Hudson-Odoi with a good-looking cross to the far post and Foden stoops in to head it but the ball loops over the bar. Miranda is down after Brewster's shot from close range hit him square on his face. 

  • 35` England 0-2 Spain 

    Incredible from Spain, whose forwards have been razor-sharp in their movement. Once again Abel Ruiz is the creator and Sergio Gomez is there to finish. It wasn't by any means an easy finish, but Gomez showed his class there. England have struggled to live with the Spanish forwards. They have a mountain to climb now!

  • 20:36 (IST)

    33` England 0-2 Spain

    Spain come close to triple their advantage. Miranda crosses it for Ferran Torres at the far post but the Spanish No 7 puts it behind after pressure from Panzo. 

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    30` GOAL! Sergio Gomez scores again! England 0-2 Spain

    It is Gomez again! Spain counter-attack and Ruiz finds himself on the right and crosses for Gelabert. Gelabert tries to shoot but he lobs it to Gomez who lashes the ball home. Spain are running away with the match at the moment!

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    25` England 0-1 Spain

    Foden gets away from Miranda and shoots but his shot is blocked behind for a corner. The corner finds Panzo on the edge of the box and tries his luck from a distance but his shot is high and wide of the goal.

Preview: England and Spain will have their eyes firmly trained on the history books waiting to christen them as first-time champions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup when the two footballing hotshots renew acquaintances in the hotly-anticipated final on Saturday.

In the first all-European final of this competition, England, who have never gone beyond the quarter-finals and are looking to emulate the U-20 boys, will have revenge on their minds while European champions Spain — runners-up thrice — aim to brighten their trophy cabinet with a World Cup crown.

It was only in May this year that Spain colts, known as La Rojita, pipped England 4-1 on penalties to bag the UEFA U-17 European Championships in Croatia.

That was the third meeting of the two teams in the final of the European Championships with Spain triumphant in 2007, and the Young Lions exacting revenge three years later.

The Spaniards once more emerged victorious in May, but only after a nail-biting climax. England went ahead twice and frittered their advantage, with Spain's second equaliser coming in the sixth minute of stoppage time. Spain went on to win on penalties.

Cut to India, where England have been perfect leading up to the summit clash, with Spain peaking at the right time, it promises to be a lip-smacking affair at the colossal Vivekananda Yuba Krirangan, expected to be packed to the rafters.

It has been a landmark year for England so far, who since the Booby Moore led team's World Cup win in 1966, had failed to achieve any sort of success at the international level.

The jinx was broken in June when the U-20 side lifted the World Cup beating Venezuela in the final.

The U-19 team picked up from there, bagging the UEFA European U-19 Championship crown a month later.

With Steve Cooper's side registering a clinical 3-1 victory over three-time champions Brazil in the semi-final here, they became the fourth England youth team to reach a final in the calendar year.

Since the 4-0 bossing of Chile in the u-17 tournament opener, England have made it clear who the trailblazers would be.

Mexico threatened to rein them in with a quickfire second-half blitz from Diego Lainez while Japan frustrated them even further, dragging the round of 16 game to England's most dreaded penalties. On both occasions, the boys in white showed composure which Cooper feels belies their age. Iraq were also dealt with 4-0.

They were head and shoulders above the US in the quarter-final in Goa — the only game they played out of Kolkata — and dictated a flair-filled Brazil. England are the only team in the tourney to have won all their games leading up to the final.

In Spain though, they face their sternest test yet.

Santiago Denia's boys have gone from strength to strength in the tournament and look unrecognisable from the team that lost the first game to Brazil 1-2 in Kochi.

After registering two facile wins over Niger and Korea DPR in Group D to qualify for the knockout stages, Spain underlined their title credentials with a strong 2-1 performance against in-form France.

They bettered their showing against Iran who had defeated Germany 4-0 in the preliminary round and in the semis, sent Mali packing 3-1.

At the heart of their display was skipper Abel Ruiz who led from the front.

Scoring six goals in six games, the FC Barcelona youth striker along with Valencia's Ferran Torres, who plays down the right channel, and Real Madrid's attacking midfielder Cesar Gelabert form a formidable trio up front for Spain.

England will bank on Liverpool's Rhian Brewster who is currently the tournament's leading marksman (7 goals), having scored back-to-back hat-tricks against the US and Brazil.

Manchester City's Phil Foden has been a live-wire in creating chances while George McEachran has no replacement as a holding midfielder who can also unlock rival defences with his jinking runs down the middle.

In defence, skipper City's Joel Latibeaudiere has been a rock.

Since the Brazil loss, Spain have not floundered much while it would be hard to put a finger on any chinks in England's armour. A battle of attrition awaits.


England: Curtis Anderson, Josef Bursik, William Crelin; Timothy Eyoma, Joel Latibeaudiere, Marc Guehi, Jonathan Panzo, Lewis Gibson, Steven Sessegnon, Morgan Gibbs White, Tashan Oakley Boothe; Conor Gallagher, Angel Gomes, Nya Kirby, George McEachran; Callum Hudson Odoi, Philip Foden, Emile Smith Rowe, Rhian Brewster, Danny Loader

Spain: Alvaro Fernandez, Mateu Jaume, Juan Miranda, Hugo Guillamon, Victor Chust, Antonio Blanco, Ferran Torres, Mohamed Moukhliss, Abel Ruiz, Sergio Gomez, Nacho Diaz, Pedro Ruiz, Marc Vidal, Alvaro Garcia, Eric Garcia, Diego Pampin, Jose Lara, Cesar Gelabert, Carlos Beitia, Victor Perea, Alfonso Pastor.

With inputs from IANS

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Updated Date: Mar 15, 2018 17:27:16 IST

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