U17 : Brazil get their first points
Brazil bounced back from their shock opening defeat to Korea Republic with a 1-0 victory over England, and handed the Three Lions a tough task of reaching the knockout stages of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Leandro’s superb second half free-kick lit up an otherwise tense and terse match, with both sides struggling to create clear-cut opportunities throughout.
The first half-chance of the game fell to Leandro, with the Brazilian No7 receiving the ball from Arthur on the Seleção right in the penalty area, but his low cross-cum-shot flashed wide of the post. Andrey then created the clearest opportunity of the first half, firing a low drive just wide of Alfie Whiteman’s right-hand post. It was the second half before England crafted a clear opening, with Tottenham Hotspur forward Kazaiah Sterling heading on target from a whipped delivery, only to find the diving Juliano in fine form.
Leandro stole the show with his superb technique with the clock ticking down. Sterling committed a foul on the edge of the England box and Brazil’s No7 took full advantage. His curling effort flew past the despairing dive of Whiteman and in off the goalkeeper’s right-hand post.
With Brazil atoning for their opening defeat, they face African side Guinea in their final Group B game, while England need to improve upon their solitary point so far in their ultimate pool match against Korea Republic on Sunday.
“We, Brazilians, sometimes have problems concentrating. Psychologically, I think we were not adequately prepared against Korea Republic because we had beaten them twice in friendly matches. Today we were much better. We could have lost, to a draw but we won by showing well, which as a coach gives me a lot of satisfaction,” Carlos Amadeu, Brazil coach.
“I want to say I’m proud of my players who have respected the game plan and fought well. For me there was no problem with the first half, even if we are not created chances. The key was to hold against Brazil that had to win. We were unlucky in the second half,” Neil Dewsnip, England coach.
Source : FIFA