World champs Brazil pip Euro holders Spain 2-1

Brazil Under-17 football team in Kochi's Jawharlala Nehru Stadium. | Express

Brazil Under-17 football team in Kochi's Jawharlala Nehru Stadium. | Express

Placed in Group D, expectations are high on the performances of the future stars of world football as the match will showcase the best of talent from the famed academies of Barcelona and Real Madrid and also the attacking footballers from Brazil. Brazil have won it three times while Spain, though three-time finalists, are yet to win.

Brazil were warmly welcomed here and responded to the affection shown by the fans by entertaining football after they went a goal down in the fifth minute.

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. "Both teams play the attractive game". Brazil's surged through at the Spanish goal with a rage - slicing through the midfield and finding their men up front.

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At some points of the first half, the players left the crowd nearly respectfully silent, grateful to watch football of a high-pedigree before their eyes. "We have had our preparations from 2015 onward". As Vitao had promised, Brazil's defence had to begin with their attack. Our goalkeeper played very well today. "Our players were a bit nervous after the goal but they remained calm and started to play their football to score two goals", Amadeu said after the match. When you are winning, you can not be relaxed.

Brazil enjoyed a massive crowd support during its 2-1 win over Spain on Saturday.

With one more match left in Kochi - against DPR Korea - the Brazilians will be hoping to come up with a treat for Kerala fans before they fly to Goa for their final group-stage game against Niger on January 13. Twice Spain had the opportunity to have free kicks in unsafe areas.

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

Amadeu promised more when he praised Brazao among other players. Thank god we could win today. "During the competition, you will watch players having this kind of exhibition since we have many quality players here". Paulinho scoring the second goal to put his team in the lead. We have confidence in this bunch of players. Their captain Vitao did what many at this ground have seen Indians do - touching the ground and then his heart as he crossed onto the field.

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