The spectators at Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium could not have asked for a better final of the historic Under-17 World Cup as England came from two goals down to beat Spain 5-2 in a thrilling all-European title-decider.
The grand finale witnessed a thunderous start with both the teams enjoying ample chances early on. The Spain goalie was forced into a save in the very first minute as England dominated the early proceedings. However, it was Spain who broke the deadlock when Sergio Gomez put them in front in the 10th minute.
10 minutes later, Spain had the chance to double their lead soon when Moukhliss was put through with only the goalkeeper to bear. However, a poor touch from the midfielder helped the English goalie to avert the danger. But the Spanish colts soon made amends for their horrible miss as Sergio Gomez finished off a brilliant move with an equally impressive goal just after the half-hour mark.
Sergio Gomez, the kid from La Masia, with 2 goals against England in FIFA U17 World Cup Final. pic.twitter.com/TNr3Be9cdk
— Barça (@semprebarcaa) October 28, 2017
But just when it looked Spain would have it easy, England pulled one back just minuted before the break when the in-form Rhian Brewster scored a header from a delicious cross by right-back Sessegnon. It was a fitting end to the half which kept the spectators on the edge of their seats throughout.
England started on the front-foot in the second half, pressing Spain right from the word go and they reaped the reward for their effort when Morgan Gibbs-White scored the equaliser 13 minutes after the restart.
Sessegnon was once again the provider as he utilized the space left by Miranda before sending in a low cross into the box which was coolly tapped in by Gibbs-White. 9 minutes later, England went ahead for the first time in the match when Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross from the left was converted by Phil Foden at the far post. Both the teams kept on getting chances but it was England once again who got on the score-sheet to put the game to the bed.
Marc Guehi was the goal-scorer, knocking home the ball after a set-piece from Hudson-Odoi was headed down by Brewster. But just when it seemed it is all over, England inflicted more pain on the Spanish colts as Foden scored his team’s 5th seal the game.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the game:
— Courtney Allen (@imcourtneyallen) October 28, 2017
— Jeff Acheampong (@jeff11_official) October 28, 2017
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 2017
They said La Masia was dead. Sergio Gomez and Abel Ruiz are currectly winning the U17 WC for Spain. pic.twitter.com/GNbPokF9a9
— Arnáiz🇪🇸 (@Arnaizismo_) October 28, 2017