FIFA Under-17 World Cup: England beat Spain 5-2 to become world champions

Updated On : 28 Oct , 2017 , 11:29 PM
FIFA Under 17 World Cup: England beat Spain 5-2 to become World Champions
FIFA Under 17 World Cup: England beat Spain 5-2 to become World Champions
New Delhi:

England became World Champions on Saturday by defeating Spain 5-2 in the grand finale of FIFA Under-17 World Cup at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

England have now done a FIFA double in the same year, having won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in June.

It was a sweet revenge as England lost to La Rojas juniors in the U-17 European Championship, earlier this year.

It was a night to remember at the Salt Lake Stadium as England came back from a two-goal deficit to pump in five in-front of a capacity crowd of 66,000 plus.

This was after Spain went ahead 2-0 at the stroke of half an hour with striker Sergio Gomez bang on target.

If the first was a back-heel capitalising on a defensive lapse, the second was an inch perfect left-footed angular volley.

"I am just so proud, we were 2-0 down and we played our way out, we didn’t stop, stuck to our style – and that’s the way to do it," England coach Steve Cooper told BBC.

It's all over – we are the #FIFAU17WC champions! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/lS8Cjr6cjn

— England (@England) October 28, 2017

However, England’s goal-machine Rhian Brewster’s powerful header in the 44th minute saw his team go into half-time down by two goals to one. Brewster won the ‘Golden Boot’ with 8 goals to his credit.

However, things changed differently in the second half as Morgan Gibbs White tapped home an inch-perfect cross to make it 2-2.

Phil Foden then found the target in the 69th minute and the winners literally sealed the issue in the 84th minute with the fourth goal scored by Marc Guehi.

The Young Lions were not over as Fodden rounded off the tally in the 88th minute.

Meanwhile Brazil bagged  the third place after winning the third /fourth place playoff against Mali.

(With PTI Inputs)

 

First Published : Saturday, October 28, 2017 09:57 PM
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