Spain edged out France while Iran also won an entertaining game against Mexico to seal their berth in the Quarter Finals of the U17 World Cup held in India. Both games started 5 pm IST and there are still two matches to be played tonight.
France U 17 side met Spain U 17 in Guwahati and the game was expected to be a classic counter. Highest scorer of this year’s edition Amine Gouiri of France started the game. The French took the lead on 34th minute when left winger Pintor scored. The lead was squandered though by the French colts as Spain equalized through Juan Miranda who headed the ball home after a poor clearance from the goal keeper of France.
The game took the deciding twist when Paraguayan referee awarded a penalty to Spain a minute from time, the decision looked very harsh though on the French players. Abel Ruiz scored from the spot and that takes Espana to the last eight of the World Cup.
In another afternoon match, Mexico faced Iran in Goa. Iran took the lead from the spot as Sharifi scored after Vazquez fouled an Iranian wrongly. Sayyad doubled their lead after 11 minutes as he lobbed the ball over Mexican goal keeper after a defensive misunderstanding. Mexico though dominated possession and were by far the better side couldn’t create a better final ball. Roberto De La Rosa though halved the deficit five minutes from the break. After the break, Mexicans piled the pressure and were unlucky in some cases, as Jairo Torres struck the bar and Lainez missed his shots. Mexico couldn’t break Iran defense and the Asian side held on to advance to the last eight of the World Cup.
Mexico vs Iran Highlights:
Spain will meet Iran now in the Quarter finals on 22nd October.
Two matches are still to be played tonight as England face Japan in Kolkata, while Iraq will meet Mali in Goa.