New Delhi: In an enthralling clash in Mumbai on Wednesday, Spain beat Mali 3-1 in the second semi-final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup to set up a summit clash with England, who earlier defeated Brazil to enter the final.
Spain took an early lead in the game when Abel Ruiz scored from the penalty spot in 18th minute after Cesar Gelbart was fouled by Diaby in the box. Later, Spain doubled their lead just before the half-time whistle when Ruiz scored his second of the night and this time Ruiz stroked in the through ball delivered by Gelbart.
On the other hand, Mali was on back foot from the kick-off whistle and their defence was checked numerous times by Spain.
Spain scored their third of the night when Ferran Torres headed in from an unmarked position after Sergio Gomez, who was in the box, whipped in a cross from the left. However, just few minutes after Spain scored their third goal, Lassana N’Diaye pulled one back for Mali in the 74th minute.
Also, Mali was unlucky in the second half, when in 61st minute they were disallowed a goal as there was no goal-line technology to assist the referee. It was a thunderbolt of a strike by Doucure which hit the underside of the bar and bounced inside the goal. However, due to the lack of the technology, Mali were robbed of a well-deserved goal.
Mali enjoyed most of the possession in dying minutes and they had some chances which they failed to convert, hence losing the semi-final game.
Spain will now meet England in the final of the tournament and it will be a replay of 2017 U-17 European Championships where Spain ended up winning in penalties.