FIFA U-17 WC: Brazil Edge Mali To Finish Third

Saturday, 28 October 2017|Abhishek Mukherjee

Brazil claimed third place at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 with a 2-0 victory over Mali at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium in Kolkata on Saturday.

Alan opened the scoring for Brazil in the 55th minute, while substitute Yuri Alberto scored in the 88th minute to win it for the South American giants. 

Both sides looked to play an attacking brand of football from the onset, having nothing to lose. 

It was, however, the African nation that dominated proceedings with Brazil looking like a team lacking motivation. 

In the first half, Mali had as many as 10 attempts on goal while Brazil could only manage 2. But with both teams lacking the killer instinct, the scoreline remained 0-0 at halftime. 

10 minutes into the second half, against the run of play, Brazil took the lead. Mali goalkeeper, Koita failed to gather a weak attempt at goal from Alan and what should have been a routine save, turned into an embarrassing moment for the young goalkeeper. The ball slipped past him into the net giving Brazil the lead. As comical as it was for the neutrals, it was heartbreaking for Mali. 

Having conceded the shocker of a goal, Mali looked determined to bounce back but some impressive goalkeeping by Brazil’s Gabriel Brazao kept the Eagles off the scoresheet. 

Brazil, eventually, sealed the victory with a late goal from substitute Yuri Alberto in the 88th minute.