FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 Semi-Final Live Mali Vs Spain: Mali 1-3 Spain
Written by: Sabin Castelino
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A dominant display by the Spanish boys against the Mighty eagles as Spain danced off into the Final with a great counter attacking game and a dominant display by Captain Abel Ruiz! The Eagles gave a tough fight to the boys in Red but in the end NDiaye's goal only proeved to be a consolation! Referee Sato needs little refresher on the Laws of the game owing to the yellow Card shown to the Mali Official! It was great bringing the match to you live from the DY Patil Stadium!! This is Sabin Castelino signing off!! See you next for the Finals!!!!!
90+5' Its the Final whistle and it is all over for the African Champions! It is now going to be the repeat of the 2017 Euro U17 Championships between England and Spain!
90+3 Mali still trying hard and even diving inside the penalty area but Referee Sato not impressed!
90' 5 minutes added time!
90' Substitution Spain: Mohamed MOUKHLISS (out), Diego PAMPIN (in)
89' Mali get a corner and its a defeated cross in! has Mali given up the game?
87' Yellow Card! Mali Sub Camara gets a yellow for a rash tackle! Mali seem to be losing their cool!
85' Yellow Card! Mali Defender Boubacar Haidara gets a card following a harsh tackle!
84' Substitution Mali: Doucoure out, Seme Camara in.
81' Hadji Drame comes close to scoring but the shot is saved! the very next moment NDiaye gets the ball but the defense holds on!
80' Crowd of 37,859 officially announced at the Dr. DY Patil Stadium!!
79' Substitution Spain: FerranTorres out, Victoe Perea in.
75' Mamadou Traore unleashes a shot which sails above the the cross bar! Can Mali pull two back?
74' GOAL!! Lassana Ndiaye scores from close range to give Mali a goal!!
72' Referee calls for a water break! Can the Malians show persisitence and score?
71' GOAL! Ferran Torres rises above the Malian Defense to head in the ball from a sublime cross from Sergio Gomez!
70' Drame's shot saved by the Spanish shot-stopper Fernandez.
69' Substitution Mali: Djemoussa Traore out, Mamodou Traore in.
68' Substitution Spain: Cesar Gelabert out, Carlos Beitia in.
64' Mali coaching staff appeal on the side lines and in the game is stopped! Sato shows one of the Malian officials a yellow card!! According to the IFAB laws of the game only the Players and Subs can be shown a card!
61' Doucoure denied a goal from an awesome shot by the assitant inspite of replays showing the ball being clearly inside the goal!! Where is the VAR and Goal line tech?
60' Abel Ruiz comes close to scoring but is flagged offside! Brillaint from the assitant referee!
59' Sergio Gomez creates a brillaint oppurtunity for Ferran Torres whose way ward shot is far far away from the goal.
56' Yellow Card! Chiek Doucare goes in flying into Ferran Torres! That could have easily been a red card!
54' Mai is recieving home team treatment from the crowd.
53' Spain come close to scoring but the ball is cleared in the ensuing mele.
51' The crowd is in a frenzy riding the Mexican wave. And with Flashes of their phones out its an amazing spectacle.
50' Spain win a freekick but the delivery was woeful. Seems like Spain is happy with the 2 goal advantage.
49' Substitution Mali: Abdoulaye Diaby out, Mamdi Fofana in.
47' Hadji Drame puts in a teasing cross which goes through both the attack and defense and Spain launch a counter but Ruiz places the ball into Koitas hands.
46' Spain kick off the second half but Mali come close in the first minute of the second half.
The First half ends with both teams pressing hard and upwards but using opposite styles of play. Mali is the team dominating possesion and creating attacks while the Spanish Counters are proving to be Lethal. Abel Ruiz performing as expected andf will be aimiomg for the Golden boot. Mali may get an earful or encouragement depending on the coaches mood in the dressing room!
45+2' Yellow Card! Ryuji Sato hands out the first Yellow of the match to Salaam Giddou.
45' 2 minutes added time indicated by the fourth official.
43' Goal!!!! Abel Ruiz gets a point perfect delivery from Cesar and slots in a comfortable goal for Spain making it 2-0.
41' Mali come very close to scoring but Ibrahim Kane bundles it in the penalty box.
40' Ferran Torres puts in a brilliant ball for Ruiz which is saved by the onrushing Malian Keeper Koita
38' Doucoure shoots powerfully from the edge of the penalty area only to be pushed for a corner by SPanish keeper Fernandez. Can Mali break the Spanish Armada?
36' Kane tries a shot from distance after Drame had won a corner for Mali. The shot flies over the crossbar.
35' DY Patil Stadium has seen the best crowd of the tournament so far and the noise is deafening!
33' Mohamed Moukhliss puts in a brilliant ball from the flanks for Abel Ruiz who shoots it wide.
31' The game resumes after the short water break and Mali are still on the front foot with Captain Samake shooting slightly wide.
29' Cesar Gelabert finds himself in a promising situation but is flagged offside.
27' If Mali wants to make a comeback they need to do a better job in the final third where they seem to be lacking quality. Could this be due to the absence of their Captain Camara?
25' Despite conceding an early goal Mali seems to be composed and avoiding any reckless play.
24' Spainsh Captain Gomez commits a foul at thwe edge of the penalty area. Referee awards a freekick which is wasted by Mali.
21' Ibrahim Kane wastes the freekick and prompts another Spanish counter attack.
20' Spain continue their barrage through counter attack but also invite a foul 45 yards from the goal.
19' Goal!!! Abel Ruiz scores from the spot to make it 1-0 for Spain as the crowd goes up in raptures.
18' Penalty!! Referee Sato points to the spot as Cesar is brought down in the box by Abdoulaye Diaby.
17' As of now it seems the predicted playing styles of both teams have been switched and Spain seems to be the counter attackers.
15'Djemoussa Traore tries to curl the ball into the Spanish net but misses the far top corner narrowly.
14' Cesar Gelabert causing all sorts of problems for the Eagles in the penalty box.
12' Spain is launching long balls over the taller opposition, which is something not seen before for the Spanish team in this tournament.
10' Lassana NDiaye has a brillaint run towards goal and places the ball past the keeper Fernandez but his shot is marginally wide as he takes a tumble.
8' Cesar Gelabert unleashes a shot from the edge of the penalty area after beating three defenders but the ball goes wide.
6' Hadji Drame for Mali, unleashes a outer foot shot which is deflected for a corner. Salaam Giddous Corner is missed by all in the box.
5' Spain are playing a very high pressing counter attacking game. Shouts for a penalty by them are waved off by referee Sato.
3' Spain attack on the counter with a brillaint Abel Ruiz cross being met by Sergio Gomez but a brillaint save by Youssouf Koita denies the Spanish Captain.
2' Mali unable to keep contril of the ball but are gifted possession on account of the hand ball by Juan Miranda.
1' Spain have won the toss and Mali start the proceedings as the crowd give out a loud cheer.
19.58 The weather is on the hotter side at 31 degree Celcius but the winds at 14 meter per second provide relief to the players.
19.55 Spain and Mali march out to the FIFA Anthem led by Japanese Referee Ruyji Sato and team.
19.55 Abel Ruiz, the spanish Captain has been on song through out this tournament and so has his Malian counter part Lassana NDiaye. A strikers competition it can be percieved to be today.
19.50 Spain is has displayed a free-flowing and attacking version of tiki-taka, while Mali have often used a more direct and physical game-play. Today is a clash of two distinct and opposing sides perpetuating thier unique style of play.
19.45 There is a good build up in the crowd as all the entry points seeing a conitnued flow of people. it is rumored that around 31,000 tickets have been sold for todays game.
Spain: Fernandez (GK), Juame, Miranda, Guillamon, Chust, Blanco, Torres, Moukhliss, Ruiz (C), Gomez, Gelabert.
Mali: Koita(GK), Haidara, Traore, Konate, Drame, Jiddou, Diaby, Samake (C), Kane, NDiaye, Doucoure.
19:35 Now, unlike the two teams in the first game these two did not get off to the fastest of starts, but have got better with every game. Why not read our preview to know more.
19:30 Boy that was an exciting game in Kolkata but if you thought the action was done, think again. Hello everyone, I'm your host Sabin Castelino and I'm here at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai to bring you the live commentary of the second FIFA U-17 World Cup semi-final between Mali and Spain. So, keep it right here.
Published: Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:00 PM IST