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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, France vs Spain, LIVE Football Match Score: Abel Ruiz's late penalty gives Spain 2-1 win

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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, France vs Spain, LIVE Football Match Score: Abel Ruiz's late penalty gives Spain 2-1 win

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Oct 17, 2017 - 19:07 (IST)

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Oct 17, 2017 - 19:00 (IST)

Spain are through to the quarter-finals and they will face Iran who defeated Mexico 2-1 in their Round of 16 encounter.

Similar to the previous meeting between these two nations in the European Championships, Spain came back from behind to defeat France through Abel Ruiz's decisive ninetieth-minute penalty.

France had failed to make an impression in the second half, with none of their attacking moves panning out in the final third and it seemed the French defence had managed to hold off an increasingly dangerous Spanish offence for the game to progress to a penalty shootout.

While the French team will argue the call for the penalty was a soft one, there would be no denial that France paid the price for their passive game with elimination from the 2017 FIFA World Cup.

Oct 17, 2017 - 18:58 (IST)

Fulltime! Spain beat France to progress through to the quarterfinals!

Spain came back from a goal down to beat France 2-1 and reach the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The European champions went behind after Lenny Pintor scored in the 34th minute. Spain equalised a minute before halftime through Miranda's header. The Spaniards completed their comeback after Jose Lara won a penalty in the 90th minute which was duly converted by skipper Abel Ruiz. 

The Spaniards will now take on Iran who beat Mexico 2-1.

Oct 17, 2017 - 18:51 (IST)

90` GOAL! Abel Ruiz gives Spain the lead through a penalty! France 1-2 Spain

With less than a minute to go, Spain's Jose Lara wins a penalty as Solet commits a soft foul in the box.

Abel Ruiz buries the penalty in what is surely a winner for Spain. Fofana got his right palm to the ball, but Ruiz's penalty was way too strong to be saved.

Oct 17, 2017 - 18:46 (IST)

86` France 1-1 Spain

France have chosen to sit back in the second half, and it has been a surprising tactic considering the fact that Spain found it difficult to contend whenever they pressed high up the field in the first half.

Willem Geubbels, an integral part of the French lineup during the group stages, is all set to come on but France's No. 11 does not have much time to make an impact.

Oct 17, 2017 - 18:40 (IST)

82` France 1-1 Spain

We are into the final ten minutes of normal time, but a goal doesn't seem to be in the offing. Spain mount yet another attack through Ferran Torres but the French defence deals with it easily.

Oct 17, 2017 - 18:38 (IST)

79` France 1-1 Spain

France have mostly played on the counter in the second half, but lack the pace to cause Spain any trouble. Gouiri has had a surprisingly quiet night with Lenny Pintor being the most proactive of France's forwards.

Oct 17, 2017 - 18:37 (IST)

78` France 1-1 Spain

Sergio Gomez gets himself in the referee's book for a tug on Adli's shirt. France make their first change as Wilson Isidor comes on for Alexis Flips.

Oct 17, 2017 - 18:30 (IST)

71` France 1-1 Spain

Spain make their first change of the day as Cesar Gelabert, who had a frustrating outing tonight, makes way for Jose Lara. 

Oct 17, 2017 - 18:28 (IST)

69` France 1-1 Spain

Spain continue to probe in search of a winner, but France are holding firm in defense. Spain have had a couple of free-kicks from dangerous positions, but haven't been able to get past Fofana, who has had an excellent game so far.

Click here highlights of the match between Iran and Mexico.

Report: Group D runners-up Spain take on France in the Round of 16 in Guwahati.

 Spain were made to struggle by a spirited North Korea as they scripted a 2-0 win in their last Group D match to enter the second round of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Friday.

Mohamed Moukhliss (4th minute) and Cesar Gelabert (71st) struck in each half as Spain finished second in the group with six points from three matches.

The Europeans had started the tournament with an action-packed 1-2 loss to Brazil before beating Niger to bring their campaign back on track.

On Friday evening, they came up against a well organised North Korean defence which refused to yield too much time and space.

Spain managed to take an early lead when Cesar found Moukhliss, who dribbled through the Korean defence to score with a simple finish.

It became a battle thereafter. Spain dominated possession and created more attempts on goal, but the Koreans defended stoutly.

Spain finally found a second goal when a rare mistake by the Korean defence saw Gelabert pounce on a loose ball inside the penalty area.

Any hopes of a fightback by the Asians were dashed when Pae Kwang Min was awarded a red card in the 84th minute.

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