Spain meet England in U-17 World Cup final

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Having began their campaign as one of the pre-tournament favourites, the Spanish continued to deliver on their promise as they dispatched 2015 finalists Mali with a 3-1 triumph at the D.Y. Patil Stadium. After several attempts on goal from both teams, Gelabert was fouled in the box when his deft turn drew a foul from Abdoulaye Diaby to give Spain a penalty.

England celebrated their first ever entry into the U-17 World Cup final and people back home were mightily impressed. Abel Ruiz made no mistake in clinching the opener as he hit the middle of the net, leaving goalkeeper Youssouf Koita helpless. He also set up the second to find Ruiz on the right side of the box in the 43rd minute.

In the 71st minute, Torres scored to make it 3-0 to Spain. Video replays of Cheick Oumar Doucoure's wonderful, spectacular 30-yard strike showed the ball had fully crossed the line but with the lack of any kind of goal-line technology - either Hawk-Eye or VAR, the goal wasn't given, despite protests from Mali's players that the goal was legal. N'Diaye and Ruiz are now the joint second highest scorers in the tournament with six goals from six matches each. Spain come into the game having found their attacking mojo, all the while showing why they are so good at keeping the ball.

With the victory, England progress to the U-17 World Cup final for the first time in their history, where they will meet a side with plenty of pedigree in the form of three-time runners-up Spain.

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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.

Moments later, Ferran Torres headed Spain further ahead before Lassana N'Diaye grabbed a late consolation.

Brewster goals came in the 10th, 39th and 77th minutes. 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.