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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 semi-final, Mali vs Spain, Football Match Result: La Roja beat Mali to reach finals

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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 semi-final, Mali vs Spain, Football Match Result: La Roja beat Mali to reach finals

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Oct 25, 2017 - 22:07 (IST)

That's it from us here. Join us on 28 October as we bring you the live coverage of the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup between England and Spain. Thank you and goodnight!

Oct 25, 2017 - 22:04 (IST)

Oct 25, 2017 - 22:02 (IST)

Fulltime. Mali 1-3 Spain

That's it then. The La Roja are through to the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a comprehensive win over Mali, who failed to make the most of their chances in both the halves. Spain dominated the first half with a total of four shots on target to Mali's single shot and were in control of their play in the next 45 minutes. Mali's direct approach didn't help them run past Juan Miranda and Hugo Guillamon. 

So, there we are. It is going to be England vs Spain in the final on 28 October. The rematch of the European U-17 Championships. It is safe to call both Spain and England, the best U-17 sides in the world right now.

Oct 25, 2017 - 21:59 (IST)

Fulltime! Mali 1-3 Spain.

The referee blows the whistle for fulltime as Spain beat Mali to reach the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup! A brace from captain Abel Ruiz put Spain ahead at halftime while Ferran Torres tripled their lead midway through the second half. Mali, however, were robbed off a goal as the absence of goal-line technology meant that Cheick Oumar Doucure's shot which bounced out of goal was not awarded. Mali finally got the goal they deserved as Lassana N'Diaye found the back of the net. Mali probed the Spanish defence to take the match to penalties, but in vain. 

Spain will now face England on Saturday in the final. The two sides had also met in the final of the U-17 European Championships where Spain emerged triumphant in penalty shootouts. 

Oct 25, 2017 - 21:51 (IST)

90+2` Mali 1-3 Spain

Hadji Drame with all the time in the world to blast it at goal but he scuffs his shot and the ball tamely rolls behind for a goal-kick. 

Oct 25, 2017 - 21:49 (IST)

90` Mali 1-3 Spain

Five minutes added on by the referee as Spain make their final change. Mohamed Moukhliss goes off and he's replaced by Diego Pampin.

Oct 25, 2017 - 21:43 (IST)

84` Mali 1-3 Spain

The West African side have pulled one back. They say you are most likely to concede just after you have scored. That's what happened with Spain here, they switched off at the back after scoring their third. Mali should make most of their chances now or they should just forget about a spot in the final.  

Oct 25, 2017 - 21:42 (IST)

82` Mali 1-3 Spain

N'Daiye with a chance to make it 2-3 to Mali as Mamadou's deflected cross falls to him. He tries to toe-poke it but his shot has no power and Fernandez gratefully grabs the ball. Mali aren't going down without a fight. 

Oct 25, 2017 - 21:37 (IST)

79` Mali 1-3 Spain

That's the end of Ferran Torres' shift tonight as he is replaced by Victor Perea.

Oct 25, 2017 - 21:34 (IST)

74` GOAL! Lassana N'Diaye scores! Mali 1-3 Spain

Lassana N'Diaye pulls one back for Mali as the African side look to do the impossible. Remember that Mali had a goal disallowed and one wonders what the situation would have been had that one would have been given. 

Preview: Football fans will witness an exciting clash of two attack oriented teams when Spain and Mali clash in the semi-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Wednesday.

Spain unleashed the full force of their 'tiki-taka' brand of football against Iran in the quarter-finals, running away with a 3-1 win.

The European U-17 champions have several impressive players who have the potential to become stars of the future.

Ferran Torres has been impressive down the right wing, outfoxing rival defenders repeatedly with his intelligent runs and accurate balls into the box.

Centre-forward Abel Ruiz has displayed good finishing skills, scoring four times in five matches.

Both Torres and Ruiz were in excellent form in the quarter-finals and their combination created all sorts of problems for the Iran defenders.

Much like their senior team, the Spanish youngsters have an exciting possession-based game. They had started their campaign with a narrow loss to Brazil in Group D, but have steadily improved since then.

They were impressive in the second round, where they beat France playing attractive football.

Mali, however, will not be easy opponents. Mali have won the CAF U-17 Africa Cup of Nations twice in a row — the first team to do so in the history of the tournament.

The Spain defence will have to be alert against Mali as the Africans have more than enough pace and power to catch them off-guard on the counter.

Mali like to play a fast-paced attacking game and have been prolific in this tournament, scoring 15 goals in five matches, conceding six times.

Their promising striker Mali Lassana N'Diaye is the third highest scorer, finding the net five times in five matches. His fellow forward Djemoussa Traore is also in good form with three goals to his name.

Mali also have the ability to score from outside the rival penalty box and the Spain defenders as well as their goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez will have to be on their toes.

With inputs from IANS

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