Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17: Spain to face England in final

Brazil's Gabriel Brazao

Brazil's Gabriel Brazao

Ruiz opened scoring for Spain in the 19th minute from the penalty spot before making it 2-0 on 43 minutes.

England and Spain have set up a tantalising clash in the final of the 2017 Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup after both advanced from their respective semi-finals played yesterday. But Mali goalkeeper Youssouf Koita pulled off a superb diving save. Cesar Gelabert was brought down inside the 18-yard-box by Malian defender Abdoulaye Diaby which led to a penalty kick being awarded to Spain. This was the end of proceedings in the first half as the boys in red walked off at the half-time whistle on a comfortable two-goal cushion.

Spain was happy to soak Mali's pressure and in the 33rd minute nearly doubled its tally on the counter when Ruiz's side-footed finish, capping off a slick move from the left flank, missed the right-hand post by a whisker. A two goal lead at half time meant Mali had to do a lot of work. The controversial attempt was overlooked by the match official as Mali's staff from the sidelines burst in fury. Spain come into the game having found their attacking mojo, all the while showing why they are so good at keeping the ball. Mali should have got their reward in the 59 minute as Doucoure's stinging shot from distance zoomed past Alvaro, hit the underside of the crossbar, bounced past the goal line and came back out.

The reigning European U-17 champions lost by identical 0-1 margins to Ghana and Brazil in the finals of the 1991 and 2003 editions respectively.

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Spain have never managed to capture the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup.

Rhian Brewster broke the deadlock in the 10th minute for England when he was picked out inside the area with a neat floated pass from Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Mali's misery was further stretched as the African champions conceded the third goal in the 71st minute. The third-place decider will be held at 17:00 IST whereas the final will kick off at 20:00 IST at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan.

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