New Delhi: Playing true to their pedigree, Brazil beat Mali 2-0 in the third-place playoff match at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata in the 2017 U-17 FIFA World Cup on Saturday. Playing in front of over 56,000 people, Brazil scored courtesy strikes from Alan Souza in the 55th minute and Yuri Alberto in the 88th minute. This is the second time that Brazil finished second in the tournament. The last time it happened was in 1985.
In the whole match, Brazil had just three shots on target while Mali, who showed more attacking intent, had 10 hits. The scoreline did not show the whole story but Mali were also to blame as their strikers lack finishing while Brazil goalkeeper Gabriel Brazao made some fine saves to keep them off the score sheet.
After the match, the fans reciprocated the Brazilians’ acknowledgement of their support, but they also appreciated with loud cheers when Mali threatened. Mali, meanwhile, went outside a podium finish after ending runners-up in the last edition in Chile.
“We had our worst game of the World Cup, the worst match in two and half years of preparation. But we were lucky it went our way,” Brazil boss Carlos Amadeu said at the post-match news conference. (With PTI inputs)