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FIFA U-17 WC: England Complete Remarkable Comeback To Thrash Spain 5-2

Saturday, 28 October 2017|Abhishek Mukherjee
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In a roller-coaster of a final, England rallied from two goals down to defeat European champions Spain 5-2 and win their first-ever FIFA U-17 World Cup title in front of 66,684 passionate fans at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Saturday (28.10.17).

Sergio Gomez(10',31') scored the opening two goals for Spain, while goals from Brewster(44'), Gibbs White(58'), Foden(69',88') and Guehi(84') ensured that England complete a remarkable comeback.

Unlike a typical finale where teams resort to a measured tactical approach in the opening minutes, this one started with a bang with both the European heavyweights having a go at each other right from the first whistle. 

Just two minutes into the match, England's Gibbs White's effort from close range was brilliantly saved by the Spanish custodian Alvaro Fernandez. 

On the other end of the pitch, Spain showed their attacking flair with some brilliant passing moves. It took them just 10 minutes to draw first blood through Sergio Gomez, who showed excellent predatory instincts to put the ball in the back of the net before the England keeper could clear the ball away. 

Spain could have doubled their lead in the 21st minute when Moukhliss found himself through on goal but was denied by an onrushing Curtis Anderson. They eventually did double their lead in the 31st minute when Serio Gomez unleashed a lethal left footed volley across the face of the goal, beating Anderson all-ends-up. 

Going two goals down, England needed to pull up their socks and rally. It was a test of character - something which England passed with flying colours. 

The onslaught started just before halftime when Sessegnon's cross was headed home by Brewster. The belief was back in the English ranks. 

Upon resumption, England came out all guns blazing. 

England restored parity in the 58th minute when right back Sessegnon’s low cross found an unmarked Morgan Gibbs White who calmly guided the ball into the back of the net.

The Three Lions then took the lead through Philip Foden in the 69th minute, as he converted from a Callum Hudson-Odoi cross.

Spain's hope for a miraculous comeback was squashed in the 84th minute when Marc Guehi finished off a Hudson-Odoi free-kick. 

Man of the Match, Foden, impaled the final nail in Spain's coffin when he scored England's fifth goal of the night in the 88th minute. 

The match thus finished 5-2 in favour of England, whose brilliant comeback win will go down in the history books as one of best in a World Cup finale. 

England’s U-17 World Cup win follows the U-20’s success at Korea Republic 2017 earlier this year.

Whatever has happened to English football at youth level, it is something very special indeed.