FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, Spain vs Niger, Football Match result: Spain tharsh Niger 4-0

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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, Spain vs Niger, Football Match result: Spain tharsh Niger 4-0
  • Niger haven't been bad tonight. Their defence went to sleep a couple of times and were punished thoroughly by a meticulous Spain. The European giants have bounced back rather well after their opening defeat. Now for the much-awaited Brazil vs North Korea clash in Kochi.

  • 18:58 (IST)

    Full time! Spain 4-0 Niger

    A dominating performance from the European champions as they notch a comprehensive victory over Niger. A brace for skipper Abel Ruiz and a goal apiece for Cesar Gelabert and Sergio Gomez. Spain take on North Korea in their next match while Niger face Brazil in three days time. 

  • Quite some run by substitute Jose Lara. Came close to scoring too. Probably lingered on to the ball too much. Speaks volumes of the depth Spain have in their ranks that a substitute can do that.

  • 18:52 (IST)

    90` Spain 4-0 Niger

    Four minutes of added time for Niger to get a consolation goal but it is Spain who almost make it 5-0. Jose Lara nutmegs his marker and gets into the box in a beautiful move. However, he is late to get the ball off his feet and Khaled rushes in to pounce on the loose ball. 

  • Abel Ruiz comes off to a rousing reception at Kochi. The Spain captain has turned quite a few heads with his performance tonight. Another crowd favourite on the night seems to be the Niger keeper Khaled Lawali, whose saves are making fans go wild.

  • 18:48 (IST)

    85` Spain 4-0 Niger

    Miranda a whisker away from getting his name on the scoresheet. The left-back powers through the Nigerien defence and send a low shot at goal. Khaled gets his fingertips on it and the ball comes back from the post. Torres wins back the ball but his fierce shot is gathered by Khaled. 

    At the other end, Niger get a free-kick in front of goal and Sofiane's shot is inches away from goal. Fernandez was well and truly beaten then.

  • 18:45 (IST)

    82` GOAL! Sergio Gomez scores! Spain 4-0 Niger

    Well that's three points in the bag for Spain now. Ferran Torres cuts it back for Abel Ruiz but a defender gets a foot in and the ball rolls outside the box. Sergio Gomez steams in and unleashes a fierce shot past Khaled in the bottom corner. A well-deserved goal for Gomez who had already created two goals.

  • 18:37 (IST)

    75` Spain 3-0 Niger

    And the first player to go down due to cramps tonight is Cesar Gelabert. The Nigerien players use the stoppage in play to go towards their bench and get some tips from their coach as well as get some fluids in their body.

    Yacine Wa Massamba goes off for Kairou Amoustapha. Gelabert also trudges off to be replaced by Jose Lara. 

  • 18:32 (IST)

    70` Spain 3-0 Niger

    This exactly what Amit was talking about. What a save that is from Khaled Lawali! Abel Ruiz plays in a through ball for Torres who lays it off to Gelabert. With only Khaled to beat, Gelabert hits a powerful shot but Khaled flies in to deny Spain their fourth of the night.

    Spain make their first change with Alvaro Garcia replacing Antonio Blanco.

  • Interesting to note that Niger goalkeeper Khaled Lawali is the fourth shortest player on the pitch. ALL of Spain's starting XI towered over him. Pretty diminutive for a keeper, but has pulled off a couple of amazing saves tonight.

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Preview: Hot favourites Spain would look to bounce back from their opening match defeat to Brazil and bag a win when they cross swords with African debutants Niger in a group D match at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium on Tuesday.

Spain were beaten 1-2 by the South American champions fellow favourites Brazil in their first outing.

After taking an early lead, they conceded two goals to face defeat. Now they will have to get their act together as any slip-up against Niger would further dent their chances of qualifying from the group.

Spain have the likes of Barcelona's youth team player and captain Abel Ruiz and Valencia starlet Ferran Torres and will bank on them to deliver the goods.

Ruiz is an attacking player and was one of the La Masia talents courted by top premier league clubs like Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea.

He racked up a record 16 goals in the recently-concluded Euro U-17 competition and is considered one of the most exciting talents in the country.

Torres is another star in the making at the moment and two La Liga giants — Barcelona and Real Madrid — have shown interest in the young striker.

Niger, on the other hand, will have nothing to lose and will go into this tie upbeat after their maiden win in the U-17 World Cup against North Korea in their campaign opener.

In the match against North Korea, Niger were no doubt the better side with more possession and more shots on target.

They deservedly won with Salim Abdourahmane scoring the all-important goal in the 59th minute.

But it will be a completely different ball game for Niger when they face the formidable Spaniards, admired for their flair.

Teams:

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.

Niger: Moussa Laouali, Yacine Wa Massamba, Mahamadou Mahamane, Nasser Mahaman, Farouk Idrissa, Ismael Issaka, Habibou Sofiane, Kairou Amoustapha, Rachid Alfari, Karim Tinni, Djibrilla Ibrahim, Yacouba Aboubacar, Kader Aboubacar, Rachid Soumana, Abdoulaye Boubacar, Ibrahim Boubacar, Ibrahim Namata, Salim Abdourahmane, Hamid Galissoune, Khaled Lawali.

With inputs from IANS.

Updated Date: Oct 10, 2017 19:04:46 IST



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