FULL TIME: ENGLAND ARE THE FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP 2017 CHAMPIONS. SAVOUR THAT!
Take a bow, Young Lions! What a campaing you've had. Take a bow, India.
88' GOOOOALLLLL!!!!! PHIL FODEN GETS HIS SECOND OF THE MATCH. 5 GOALS FOR THE YOUNG LIONS. MEMORABLE.
Hudson-Odoi once again remains the assist.
This is the highest scoring FIFA u-17 World Cup final ever.
84' GOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!! GUEHI MAKES IT 4 GOALS FOR ENGLAND.
It all started from a free-kick by Hudson-Odoi. The ball played....Joel makes a header....Panzo makes a slight touch....and Guehi heads it in.
ENG 4-2 ESP
75' 66,684 is the attendance for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 final at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. Take a bow, city of joy!
70' GOAAALLLLL!!!!!! FODEN GIVES ENGLAND THE LEAD.
Hudson-Odoi, take a bow! What a pass to Foden and the England #7 makes no mistake at all. Can the Young Lions maintain this lead?
ENG 3-2 ESP
65' Superb skills! Hudson-Odoi turns attention again. Remember, if the scores stay like this for the rest of the regulation time, we go into a penalty shootout. No extra time.
62' Boom! Foden with a terrific shot. The ball meets another terrific save from goalkeeper Alvaro.
56' GOAAAL!!! GIBBS-WHITE SCORES FOR ENGLAND.
Once again, a wonderful build-up goal. Passes and passes and a great finish. Foden plays it to Sessegnon who in turn, makes a dream pass to Gibbs-White, who finishes the job.
ENG 2-2 ESP
53' Foden playing some good passes from the wing. Clearly, he can be the orchestrator of England's second goal. Watch out for the England #7.
49' Gibbs-White with a chance...but he skies it!
9:05 pm IST: under way for the 2nd half.
HALF TIME: Can't believe we are witnessing an Under 17 football match. It has been a cracker. After all, it's a tournament final. What grits, stamina and determination.
Rhian Brewster could have netted the equaliser just before the half time after his wonderful free-kick from the edge of the box saw Spain goalie Alvaro punching the ball away.
I cannot fathom what the second half is going to be. If you still haven't joined in, one suggestion: Don't AFFORD to miss this!
Score: England 1-2 Spain
45' GOAAAL!!!! RHIAN BREWSTER JOINS THE PARTY.
A classic goal that we have seen time and again in football. Sessegnon plays the cross from the right wing and the one-of-a-kind Brewster is there to head the ball in.
ENG 1-2 ESP
44' SHOT! Hudson-Odi's powerful shot hits the upright of the goal post. So unlucky! That was the closest England came to scoring so far.
40' Miranda knocked out for a few seconds after he felt full force of the ball SLAM into his face. Foden, meanwhile, cannot get his header from a lovely cross, on target. Was he fouled there? Hmmm...The referee plays it on.
36' It's been just brutal counter-attacking from the El Matadors. England may be creating a lot of chances, but they aren't able to reap benfits. Spain are taking the advantage and doing what they have come to do.
32' GOOOAAALAAZOOO!!!! SPAIN DOUBLE THEIR LEAD. SERGIO GOMEZ SCORES AGAIN.
Wonderful build-up yet again. Abel Ruiz the mastermind behind the latest move.
ENG 0-2 ESP
26' England just cannot afford to lose the ball anywhere in the park. Spain are looking for just one opening to make the counter. Hudson-Odi and Sessegnon trying hard for England from the wings. Brewster getting a bit frustrated. Can he get the hat-trick of hat-tricks?
22' ABSOLUTE CHANCE MISSED! Spain were clean through with a trident attack, but how poor was Mohamed's touch. He should have scored there. Can't believe what just happened. Kudos to England goalie Anderson to come out of his line and defend somehow.
18' Another great run from Gomez there. But his final ball is too powerful for Ruiz to take hold of. Meanwhile, England are piling up the pressure. They look determined as ever to get the equaliser ASAP.
15' What a start to the match. Nothing that we didn't expect. The Young Lions are not giving it up. Sessegnon trying his best to create a chance from the wing.
10' GOOAALLL! SERGIO GOMEZ HAS GIVEN SPAIN THE LEAD.
It's the Spain we watch time and time again. Tiki-taka, great build-up, a great pass and a great finish. The cross came from Miranda there.
ENG 0-1 ESP
5' Phil Foden meanwhile is causing damage already in the wings. He is one of the players to watch out for. Spain's Ferran Torres, on the other end, shows what he is capable of.
2' What a BLISTERING start from England. Gibbs-White and Brewster combining early on. Absolutely scintillating start. Spain are surely taken aback. Nevertheless, they are banking on counter-attacks.
8 pm IST: We are under way from the SOLD-OUT Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. Over to you, boys!
Enrique Caceres from Paraguay is the referee for this match.
7:55 pm IST: FIVE minutes! Yes, we are just five minutes away from the kick-off of this all-European final. The teams are out in the centre of the park. The national anthems are under way, and Kolkata is just giving out a scintillating display of passion for the beautiful game!
7:40pm IST: Both Spain and England have a 4-2-3-1 formation for the match.
Kick-off just 20-odd minutes away. It's buzzing in Kolkata!
7:15 pm IST: Time for the line-ups now. Yes, Brewster and Abel Ruiz remain the standout names!
ENGLAND: Anderson (GK), George, Guehi, Jonathan, Foden, Oakley-Boothe, Brewster, Joel (C), Hudson-Odi, Gibbs White, Sessegnon
SPAIN: Fernandez (GK), Mateu, Juan Miranda, Guillamon, Victor Chust, Antonio Blanco, Ferran Torres, Mohamed, Abel Ruiz (C), Sergio Gomez, Cesar
7:05 pm IST: The kick-off time for England versus Spain is scheduled for 8 pm IST. None of the teams have ever won this age-group tournament before.
Spain became the winners of the UEFA U-17 Championship earlier this year beating England via penalties in the final. Rhian Brewster had missed the penalty then. Going by the Young Lions star's recent performances, he surely cannot miss a penalty again, if the match goes the same route.
6:55 pm IST: We have just got the news that Brazil have beaten Mali 2-0 in the third-place match this evening!
6:45 pm IST: Hello everyone yet again to the final live blog of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017. It has been a MEMORABLE last few weeks in India. First, the country participated for the first time ever in a football world cup and then...we are shocking one and all with the gigantic attendance figure in the stadiums.
Stay assured, by the end of the day, this edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup is getting declared as the highest attended U-17 World Cup in the history of the game.
Kolkata is ready, the fans are ready and yours truly, Sayantan, goes unsaid, is absolutely ready for it! Do join me for the live updates of the grand finale between England and Spain, coming across you over the next couple of hours.
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