Brazil win hearts at Kochi

Brazil win hearts at Kochi

Brazil win hearts at Kochi

Spain (red) and Brazil players in action during the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup match at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi, on Saturday.

Yet, it was from falling behind that Brazil took control of the first half, with Paulinho and Brenner looking particularly unsafe. They were not going to allow Spain onto the ball. But Abel Ruiz and Co. failed to find the net again after they did it in the fifth minute of the match through Wesley's own goal. They scored one more than the Spaniards and came back with three important points through goals from Lincoln and Paulinho in the first half. "Our players were a bit nervous after the goal but they remained calm and started to play their football to score two goals", Amadeu said after the match. "We are also not able to get any information also here", said a group of youths hanging around the stadium on Friday.

The coach said his U-17 team is the future of Niger football and they will look for glory when they host the 2019 African Cup of nation for U-20. Having found out about the knee injury, Brazil's management scrambled to acquire the x-rays of the player's knee from Flamengo and send them to world football's governing body.

41′: U-17 World Cup us not necessarily a reflection of the senior side and this match is proving that. On Friday, their coach had called Group D the most difficult, but it would be hard to see the Spanish finding a tougher opponent on their way to the knockouts, than the ones they faced today. But we have many talented players here.

"When we got into the pitch, the crowd was shouting for us and supporting us".

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The Brazilian tactician reserved special praise for the crowd in Kochi, a vast majority of which were visibly rooting for his side. "We are feeling like home since we got here".

It is rare to see a Spanish team without meaningful possession but thousands of yellow-clad Brazil fans saw such a first half, in which their team's forwards harassed the young La Rojas. The UEFA champions dominated the start as well as the second half. We still have areas to improve and we will try to do that. Humidity played its part.

"We are working with our doctors and physios to improve", said Denia.

With just a day to go for the kick-off, practically all the tickets have been sold out for the eight matches to be staged at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here and the only dampener could be the the rains that have hit this coastal city of Kerala.

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