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FIFA U-17 World Cup, Spain vs Niger Highlights - As It Happened

News18.com | February 1, 2019, 12:46 PM IST
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PREVIEW: European champions Spain would look to bounce back from their opening match defeat and notch up a win when they take on African debutants Niger in their group match. Spain, who have several players from their country's top two football academies of La Masia and Real Madrid, were beaten 1-2 by South American champions and hot favourites Brazil in their first Group D match.
The Spaniards took an early lead but allowed the Brazillians to come back into the match and score two goals. They will now have to shrug off that defeat and beat Niger at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium to assert their title ambitions.
Any slip up by Spain, who are chasing their maiden FIFA U-17 World Cup triumph, against an upbeat Niger may lead to complications in the race for a knock-out berth. Spain, who had five players from the famous La Masia academy and four from Real Madrid academy, were hit hard by the high humidity of Kochi in the clash against Brazil.
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Oct 10, 2017 6:56 pm (IST)

That's it, it's all over here and Spain win 4-0! They have bounced back from perfectly from their 2-1 loss against Brazil, and ar enow in pole position to qualify. Captain Abel Ruiz scores a brace as Spain absolutely romp through. The coach will certainly be pleased with that performance. They will now take on Korea DPR in their final group game.

Oct 10, 2017 6:44 pm (IST)
 GOAL! Spain add another, it looked like a matter of time before they added another and Sergio Gomez has done just that. It's a good goal, a low left-footed drive from outside of the box into the right bottom corner. Goalkeeper had no chance. Spain up 4-0 with 83 minutes gone.

Oct 10, 2017 6:39 pm (IST)

Both teams now seem to be on the energy saving mode, it has been a humid day throughout and with the results now all but decided, both seem to be saving their energy for the next game. We are now entering the final 10 minutes of the game..

Oct 10, 2017 6:29 pm (IST)

Spain centre back Victor has been absolutely prolific at the back, although he hasn't had much to do, but he has been upto the mark as and when he has been called into the game. Spain lead 3-0 as we enter the final 20 minutes.

Oct 10, 2017 6:18 pm (IST)

Sergio Gomez with another great cross and Ferran Torres manages to get a shot, but it goes high over the goal without troubling the keeper. Spain lead 3-0, and have 61% possession. 58 minutes gone in the game so far.

Oct 10, 2017 6:13 pm (IST)

Spain just passing the ball around, and they look really comfortable here. Niger need to show some spirit and fight now, otherwise it could well be long 40 minutes ahead for the African team. Spain up 3-0 with 52 minutes gone.

Oct 10, 2017 6:08 pm (IST)

The second-half begins, Niger might well be looking at damage limitation now, a bad goal difference will hamper their chances of progresses. Remember, 4 best third placed teams will also progress.

Oct 10, 2017 5:49 pm (IST)

That's the end of the first half, and what half it has been for the European Champions, at one point it looked as if it might be a frustrating day for them, but their captain and star man Abel Ruiz opened the scoring, and then added another before Cesar's goal just before half-time has all but sealed the deal for the Spaniards. 

Oct 10, 2017 5:48 pm (IST)
 GOAL! Spain score the third goal in added time of firs thalf, first Abel Ruiz gets a shot which is punched away by the keeper, but the ball is again put in the box, in the danger area by Sergio Gomez, its a beautiful curling cross. The goalkeeper tries to come for it, but can't get a touch. Cesar just places it in the roof of the net. Great finish. Spain lead 3-0.

Oct 10, 2017 5:42 pm (IST)
 GOAL! Spain get their second goal before the half-time break, Abel Ruiz earns a free-kick after a hand ball, Sergio Gomez takes the free kick, which is a drill right off the training ground.He passes it to Abel Ruiz inside the box and the Barcelona player gets a deflected shot to beat the keeper. Spain looking comfortable now.

Oct 10, 2017 5:36 pm (IST)

Niger with an outrageous attempt at the freekick, Yacine wins the freekick, and Habibou Sofiane goes for the looped shot, but it goes wide of the target. 35 minutes gone here and Spain lead 1-0.

Oct 10, 2017 5:29 pm (IST)

Spain go close again, this time Miranda heads over the bar when he should have buried it. It was a great looping cross from Abel Ruiz, and Miranda had a free header. He mistimes his jump a bit and heads it over the bar. 28 minutes gone and Spain lead 1-0 as we head for a cooling break in these sapping conditions!

Oct 10, 2017 5:23 pm (IST)
 GOAL! Abel Ruiz finds the back off the net, and Niger won't be happy with that. Silly goal to concede from their point of view, it was a good cross from the wings from Juan Miranda which caught the Niger defence napping. Nobody attempts to clear it, and Abel Ruiz completes an easy tap-in. Spain lead 1-0.

Oct 10, 2017 5:18 pm (IST)

Superb save by Lawali,  it was a fierce hit by Cesar Gelabert from the centre of the box, after a  good cross from Abel Ruiz. Lawali spreading himself well and the ball hits him. 18 minutes gone and it's still 0-0.

Oct 10, 2017 5:12 pm (IST)

Abel Ruiz with a great driving shot from outside the box, but its hit straight at keeper. Spain's first real effort but it doesn't produce the desired result. 11 minutes gone and its 0-0.

Oct 10, 2017 5:07 pm (IST)

Spain certainly starting on the front foot so far, having close to 70% possession with 5 minutes gone but they haven't really threatened the Niger goal as much as they would have liked. Niger goalkeeper hasn't had a saved to made so far! 7 minutes gone, and its 0-0.

Oct 10, 2017 5:01 pm (IST)

And we are off! Spain kick off in what is a must win game against Nisger, they are playing in the famous red while Niger are playing in white.

Oct 10, 2017 4:53 pm (IST)
 

The Niger line-up is as follow

Khaled LAWALI (GK), Yacine WA MASSAMBA, Farouk IDRISSA, Habibou SOFIANE, Karim TINNI (C), Djibrilla IBRAHIM, Kader ABOUBACAR, Rachid SOUMANA, Ibrahim BOUBACAR, Ibrahim NAMATA, Salim ABDOURAHMANE

Oct 10, 2017 4:50 pm (IST)
 

The line-ups for the game are out, and this is the Spanish starting XI 

Alvaro FERNANDEZ (GK), MATEU JAUME, Juan MIRANDA, Hugo GUILLAMON, Victor CHUST, Antonio BLANCO, Ferran TORRES, Mohamed MOUKHLISS,Abel RUIZ (C), Sergio GOMEZ, Cesar GELABERT.

Oct 10, 2017 4:39 pm (IST)

Hello everyone, and welcome to our live blog! It's a must win game today for Spain, who lost the first match to Brazil after taking the early lead. Niger meanwhile can seal their progress to the next round, if they manage to upset Spain. This promises to be a thrilling encounter, and we will bring you all the live updates from Kochi!

FIFA U-17 World Cup, Spain vs Niger Highlights - As It Happened
Abel Ruiz. (Twitter/David Cartlidge)
They were not among those who arrived early to acclimatise to the Indian conditions but they will have to shrug off all these issues. Brazil never allowed them to showcase their famous 'tiki-taka' style of play. The likes of Barcelona's youth team player and captain Abel Ruiz and Valencia starlet Ferran Torres will have to step up and deliver tomorrow on that promise.
Ruiz is an attacking player and was one of the La Masia talents courted by top premier league clubs like Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea. He racked up a record 16 goals in the recently-concluded EURO U-17 competition and is considered one of the most exciting talents in the country.
He is more than just a goalscorer. It was under his leadership that Spain won their ninth UEFA European U 17 Championships earlier this year. The 17-year-old Torres is another bright prospect at the moment and two La Liga giants -- Barcelona and Real Madrid -- have shown interest in the young striker.
Niger, on the other hand, are also upbeat after their maiden win in the U-17 World Cup against North Korea in their campaign opener. It will not be a cakewalk for Spain tomorrow as Niger have come into this tournament as the giant-killers. They sent five-time U-17 world champions Nigeria crashing out of the India event in the African qualifiers.
In the match against North Korea, Niger were no doubt the better side with more possession and more shots on target. They deservedly won with Salim Abdourahmane scoring the all-important goal in the 59th minute. But it will be a completely different ball game for Niger when they face the formidable Spaniards, admired for their flair.
Teams (From):
Spain: Alvaro Fernandez, Mateu Jaume, Juan Miranda, Hugo Guillamon, Victor Chust, Antonio Blanco, Ferran Torres, Mohamed Moukhliss, Abel Ruiz, Sergio Gomez, Nacho Diaz, Pedro Ruiz. Marc Vidal, Alvaro Garcia, Eric Garcia, Diego Pampin, Jose Lara, Cesar Gelabert, Carlos Beitia, Victor Perea, Alfonso Pastor.
Niger: Moussa Laouali, Yacine Wa Massamba, Mahamadou Mahamane, Nasser Mahaman, Farouk Idrissa, Ismael Issaka, Habibou Sofiane, Kairou Amoustapha, Rachid Alfari, Karim Tinni, Djibrilla Ibrahim, Yacouba Aboubacar, Kader Aboubacar, Rachid Soumana, Abdoulaye Boubacar, Ibrahim Boubacar, Ibrahim Namata, Salim Abdourahmane, Hamid Galissoune, Khaled Lawali.
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