Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Medical | By Carla Vaughn

Spain rue defensive lapses, Brazil applaud Kochi support

Spain rue defensive lapses, Brazil applaud Kochi support

A dominant Brazil made a strong statement of their top title contender status with a 2-1 victory over Spain in a Group D marquee clash of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup here today.In a much-anticipated encounter in front of a sell-out crowd, Spain made a flying start and took the lead in the fifth minute through an own goal by Brazil defender Wesley, but soon lost the plot as the Brazilians turned the table on them. The Brazil defender could not avoid finding the back of his own net after Ferran Torres delivered a risky low cross from the right that almost picked out his team-mate Mohamed Moukhliss at the far post. The South Americans' pressure would pay off on 25 minutes, as Lincoln took advantage of a Spanish defensive error in their six-yard box to equalize.

And then few minutes later in the 72nd minute to be precise Paulinho was seen charging into the goal and the ball did see the end of the net but it was disallowed due to a foul committed by a Brazilian player.

37′: Spanish no. 7 Ferran Torres skippes past the Brazilian full back on the right hand side of the pitch.

Captain Vitao had not been kidding on Friday when he said that his team's offensive play began from their defence. "There was very good support for Spain too", said the coach.

Just like his Brazilian counterpart, he too found the weather to be very hard.

"It is always important to have the support on our side and we want to give back all the love that was given to us", said Amadeu. "It was was a really an equal game", he said. The first match in any tournament is important.

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Brazil striker Lincoln (centre) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Spain in Kochi on Saturday.

"We have felt like home ever since we landed in India, and more so after coming to Kochi".

"There are injuries. We will try our best for the recovery before the next match", he said.

Also in Group D, Niger and North Korea are considered as minnows but both will have a chance to prove their worth. But as we are dealing with the lower category U-17, I think that our team has a word to say.

"Humidity played a part (in our loss)".

With just a day to go for the kick-off, practically all the tickets have been sold out for the eight matches to be staged at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here and the only dampener could be the the rains that have hit this coastal city of Kerala. "We need to work on our set pieces", Denia conceded. We have to adapt to the climate.

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