FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 Live: Brazil vs Spain
Written by: Praveen R. Paramasivam
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FT Brazil 2-1 Spain
90+4' Spain have their last sniff of goal in vain.
90' Four added minutes.
85' After having very little of the ball in the first half, Spain are enjoying a lot of possession now. However, they're still struggling to test the Brazil 'keeper.
82' Players are falling on the pitch left, right and center, and this game hasn't been anywhere near physical as the injuries may suggest.
79' I'm pretty sure no crowd can ever create a chant as the Kochi folk just did.
76' Brazil are now defending with eight boys, as they look to preserve their lead.
73' Play stops as yet another Brazilian players needs to be stretchered off. The game hasn't been physical, so to speak.
70' It looked as though Brazil had grabbed their third, but the referee rules out the goal, giving Spain a freekick.
67' Spain's momentum seem to be waning as Brazil have their moments in their attacking half.
64' The ball has seldom been seen in Brazil's attacking half in the second half, and it doesn't seem to be changing any time soon.
61' Yellow for Alanzinho for a poor tackle. Lucas Halter leaves the pitch to make way for Matheus Stockl.
58' Whatever Denia did at half time has clearly worked, as Spain look more ruthless.
Lara in Garcia out.
55' Spain earn yet another corner and squander yet another corner.
52' Spain are also playing a pretty high, when compared to their set-up in the first half. We're in for a real treat.
49' Spain definitely look more lively than they did in the first half. Moukhliss, the goal-scorer, is now playing a more advanced role.
46' Second half is underway.
HT Brazil head into half time with a slender lead, after going down at one point.
45+1' Brazil score their second through Paulinho, who scores a superb goal from close range.
42' Marcos Antonio may be the smallest player on the pitch, but he has been excellent so far.
39' It's Spain's turn to build momentum now as they look the liveliest team now.
36' Mateu Jaume leaves the pitch after sustaining an injury as Perea replaces him.
33' Bobsin has been a rock in the middle of the park.
30' Brazil's left flank has been excellent, to say the least, as Brenner, Alanzinho and Weverson continue to create problems for Spain. It was only fitting that the cross for their equalizer came in from the left wing.
26' Lincoln equalises for Brazil as he capitalizes on poor defending from centre-backs Guillamon and Chust, who fail to deal with a cross. 1-1.
22' A goal is surely brewing as Brazil continue to dominate Spain in their attacking half.
19' Brazil continue to build momentum, as Spain seem to be slacking.
17' Ruiz has been caught offside, and this isn't the first time this has happened.
14' Paulinho creates a chance for himself out of nowhere and tries his luck from long way out, but Spain 'keeper Fernandez makes a block only for the ball to fall onto Lincoln's feet. Lincoln, however, didn't seem to expect what just happened as the ball rolls off him for a goal kick.
11' Brazil are stringing passes together in the attacking third, but they're unable to crack open the Spain defence, as Spain continue to defend with six boys.
8' The game has been pretty exciting so far, with Spain playing quick and direct footbal and Brazil making many short passes in the opposition half.
5' It didn't take Spain long to create another chance, but they've managed to convert this one. Torres sends in a cross, with Brazil ball-watching, and unmarked Moukhliss finds the net from close range.
3' Early chance for Spain as Torres feeds Ruiz inside the penalty area only for Brazil goalkeeper parry the ball for a corner.
1' Brazil kick things off.
16:50 The usual formalities such as holding a FIFA banner begin, as we edge closer to the kick-off.
16:40 The fans continue to fill the stadium although we see a lot of empty seats, which is a rarity in region of the country, on a rather warm evening in Kochi.
16:30 JLN International Stadium is usually abuzz for ISL games but, with the stadium capacity reduced to one-third of its average ISL attendance, one wonders if the atmosphere would be lively. Having said that, they'll easily top the atmosphere in the India vs. United States game.
16:20 Spain coach Santiago Denia has named an unorthodox line-up with four forwards, three midfielders and three defenders. How they line-up is going to be interesting. Carlos Amadeu, on the other hand, has fielded a 4-3-3 line-up, with Lincoln the most advanced forward.
16:10 Someone should have told the Kochi folk that this isn't a game featuring local club Kerala Blasters, for we see a huge chunk of people in their yellow KB shirts. Perhaps, they've made their KB shirt their Brazil shirt, and the kind of noise they made when the Brazil side made their way to the pitch for training very much says so.
16:05 The team sheet is out. Brenner comes in for Vinicius Junior for Brazil, while Manchester City lad Eric Garcia starts on the bench.
Brazil XI: Brazao; Wesley, Vitao, Lucas Halter, Weverson; Victor Bobsin, Marcos Antonio, Alanzinho; Paulinho, Lincoln, Brenner
Spain XI: Fernandez; Mateu Jame, Guillamon, Chust; Moukhliss, Garcia, Beitia; Torres, Gomez, Pampin, Ruiz
16:00 Hello and welcome to the live commentary of a clash of the heavyweights at the FIFA U-17 World Cup. It's crowd-favourites Brazil and Spain in the opening game of Group D, and this is your host Praveen R. Paramasivam coming to you LIVE from the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium here in Kochi. This stadium is a sea of yellow for every Kerala Blasters game in the Indian Super League, and it is fitting that the Samba Boys and the Spaniards are here.
Published: Sat Oct 07, 2017 08:43 PM IST