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
  • 19:07 (IST)

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 18:27 (IST)

    65` France 1-1 Spain

    Meanwhile, in the other Round of 16 match going on in India, Iran are 2-1 up against Mexico. The Asians took the lead through two quick goals in the 7th and 11th minute. Mexico pulled one back in the 37th minute.

  • 60` France 1-1 Spain

    Spain are starting to express themselves with more and more incursions in France's defensive third and Sergio Gomez finds himself at the heart of all their attacks. Gomez puts in another good cross, but it is just beyond the reach of Ruiz or Cesar, both of whom need to attack the final ball more frequently.

  • 56` France 1-1 Spain

    The game has reached an impasse, but Sergio Gomez almost gives Spain the lead. Pintor loses the ball in midfield, allowing Gomez straight through on goal, but the Spaniard's final effort is poor and saved by Fofana's outstretched leg.

  • 51` France 1-1 Spain

    It has been a cautious start to the second half with both sides looking to circulate the ball in the midfield, rather than throwing themselves forward in large numbers.

    Positional awareness is often key in big games like this one and neither side wants to commit any more costly mistakes.

  • 18:06 (IST)

    France get us underway in the second half.

    France immediately look to attack the Spanish goal and they fire in crosses but Spain are able to defend comfortably.

  • Halftime! France 1-1 Spain

    It is all square in Guwahati at the end of the first half of play. France have enjoyed the better goalscoring chances, but both teams have given away goals owing to defensive errors.

    While France took advantage of Spain's possession concession close to their own goal, Rouxel's side's failure to adequately mark the Spaniards helped Spain get back into the game.

    With everything to play for, an even more competitive second half is on the cards. Unless neither team manages to find a winner after ninety minutes, the game will go straight to penalties.

  • 44` GOAL! Miranda equalises for Spain! France 1-1 Spain

    Miranda equalizes for the European champions just before half-time. Sergio Gomez starts a promising move on the left flank and the Barcelona starlet's cross can only be parried off by Fofana to Abel Ruiz. France fail to clear the ball and Miranda, allowed a free header, guides it past Fofana to the top right corner.

  • 42` France 1-0 Spain

    France almost get their second of the night, with yet another beautiful setpiece delivery from Flips, but Spain manage to clear it just before the ball reached Gouiri, for a corner.

  • 40` France 1-0 Spain

    The goal hasn't affected the course of the game at all, especially from Spain's perspective whose short and rhythmic passing game has been effectively disrupted by the Frenchmen.

    Lionel Rouxel's side are firmly in control of the match and look likely to net a second goal.

  • 32` GOAL! Pintor gives France the lead! France 1-0 Spain

    Lenny Pintor, the surprise starter finds the net and France take a well-deserved lead. Pintor has been the most dangerous of all the French players today, consistently finding himself in space.

    Spain, once again conceding possession in the midfield, have to pay a hefty price as Gouri sets up his team-mate, who slots it past an approaching Fernandez.

  • 28` France 0-0 Spain

    France have started showing glimpses of their menacing attack and are gradually taking control of the narrative, as they draw fouls from Spain in the middle of the park. Alexis Flips even hits the target with a curling free-kick but Alvaro Fernandez stops it. With the humidity in Guwahati draining the players, the referee calls for a water break.

  • 17:28 (IST)

    25` France 0-0 Spain

    Ferran Torres beats the offside trap and latches on to a long ball from deep. His cut-back finds skipper Abel Ruiz but Ruiz's shot lacked power and placement and Fofona makes another easy save.

  • 17:21 (IST)

    19` France 0-0 Spain

    Ferran Torres misses a glorious opportunity to give Spain the lead. The winger is fouled and from the resultant free-kick, he gets away from his marker only to send his header over the crossbar. 

  • 17` France 0-0 Spain

    France register the first shot of the game through Maxence Caqueret after Spain easily gave the ball away in the midfield, a sight which is usually rare but has been pretty common so far today.

    It could be nerves due to the occasion of a knock-out game, but both sides have been circumspect in their approach so far.

  • 17:14 (IST)

    10` France 0-0 Spain

    Shout for a penalty as Pintor goes down from a challenge from Guillamon. The Paraguayan referee waves the French protests off. On further viewing from the replays, it seems that Pintor may have been fouled but it would have been a soft penalty to give away.

  • 17:09 (IST)

    7` France 0-0 Spain

    Another poor corner from Sergio Gomez for Spain. Fofana pouched it comfortably without any Spanish players coming in for a header.

  • 4' France 0-0 Spain 

    Spain have had the majority of possession in the early minutes, but France have been more purposeful in their attacks.

  • 17:05 (IST)

    2` France 0-0 Spain

    Spain get a corner after a misplaced back pass from the French captain Gomes. The has a chat with Chust and Adli after the duo spar in the box. The corner is swung in but it is too close to the keeper and Fofana catches it comfortably.

  • Kick-off! Spain kick-off the Round of 16 match at Guwahati amongst loud cheers.

    France have been prolific scorers so far in the World Cup, but the European Champions Spain are one of the pre-tournament favourites and football fanatics can expect a mouthwatering tactical contest.

  • 16:58 (IST)

    We are minutes away from kick-off as the Spanish and French teams walk out to the pitch. In their earlier meeting in the European Championship, Spain had beaten France 3-1 in the quarterfinals. The Spaniards will be looking to exploit that psychological advantage while France will be looking to avenge that defeat. 

  • France, the winners of Group E will take on Group D runners-up Spain at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati in one of the most anticipated Round of 16 fixtures of the evening.

    Here are the starting lineups.

    France: Fofana, Collet, Solet, Bianda, Gomes, Adli, Gouiri, Caqueret, Flips, Pintor, Lacroix.

    Spain: Fernandez, Mateu Jaume, Miranda, Guillamon, Chust, Blanco, Torres, Moukhlis, Ruiz, Gomez, Gelabert.

  • 16:10 (IST)

    Hello and welcome to Firstpost's live coverage of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017. 

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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Updated Date: Oct 17, 2017 19:11:19 IST

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