FIFA U-17 WC: Brazil Edge Out Germany 2-1

Sunday, 22 October 2017|Abhishek Mukherjee

Two goals in the space of six minutes saw Brazil edge out Germany 2-1 in a hotly contested FIFA U-17 World Cup, 2017 quarterfinal encounter at the Salt Lake Stadium on Sunday (22nd October 2017).

Jann-Fiete(21') initiated the scoring for the German side while Weverson(71') and Paulinho(77') scored for the Samba boys to give them a hard-earned victory.

It was Brazil who had the upper hand in the opening minutes. The South American outfit almost took the lead in the 6th minute when Alan pounced onto a miscued clearance from Josha and unleashed a right-footed effort which had goal written all over it but was only to be denied by the post.

Brazil's dominance, however, fizzled out quickly as Germany settled on the ball. With both teams refusing to give an inch to their opposition, the match gradually transformed into a cagey affair.

The big moment of the match came in the 20th minute when Germany's John Yeboah was fouled in the penalty box by Lucas Halter. The resulting penalty was calmly converted by Jann-Fiete to give the German side the elusive lead.

Going 1-0 down, Brazil scratched and clawed to restore parity but their strikers were kept at bay by a physically superior German defence. The scoreline remained the same at half-time.

Upon resumption, Brazil coach Carlos Amadeu replaced Luan Candido with Weverson in a bid to turn things around.

Brazil dominated proceedings but without any end product.

Brazil's persistence finally paid off in the 71st minute when substitute Weverson unleased a lethal left-footed strike from the left-hand side of the box, which kissed the crossbar before going in as the vociferous Yuba Bharati crowd erupted in joy.

The equaliser injected the much-needed confidence in the Brazilian ranks as they started playing a free-flowing attacking football.

Minutes later, Paulinho showed why he is the next big thing in Brazil football as he scored from a pile-driver of a shot from 23 yards out. The Germans were left stunned.

Germany, however, picked themselves up and unleashed a flurry of attacks in the dying embers of the game which the Brazilian defence safely negated.

The match thus finished 2-1 in favour of Brazil, who will next meet England in the semi-finals on 25th October.