Brazil beat Spain 2-1

Henrietta Brewer
October 10, 2017

Spain coach Santiago Denia rued defensive lapses which helped Brazil come back from a goal down to win 2-1 in their Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup Group D clash at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here today.

Placed in Group D, expectations are high on the performances of the future stars of world football as the match will showcase the best of talent from the famed academies of Barcelona and Real Madrid and also the attacking footballers from Brazil.

That allowed Brazil to claim the lead just before the half-time whistle, as Paulinho latched on to Marcos Antonio's fine through-ball before beating Spain goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez with a rising finish.

It was Spain that made a bright start to the contest at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, taking the lead through a Wesley own-goal just five minutes in. This was our first match in the World Cup.

Amadeu was pleased. "The important thing is the mentality - when you suffer a goal you have to use your mental power to remain calm and remain on the game and score your goal. We know their strengths and weaknesses", he said.

North Korean team coach Yong Su Kim rued the opportunities wasted by his players.

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Brazil were warmly welcomed here and responded to the affection shown by the fans by entertaining football after they went a goal down in the fifth minute. But we have many talented players here.

Amadeu thanked the crowd for the overwhelming support to his team.

"The crowd were behind us the moment we took to the pitch".

The crowd and Brazil did not have to wait too long for the equaliser. "We are feeling like home since we got here". The Brazilian coach said, "We have put in a lot of hard work and boys have trained hard".

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.

On the opening day, Brazil will take on Spain at 5 p.m. and the in the second match North Korea will face Niger at 8 p.m. "We have to improve as a team, but we need improvements especially in defence", he said.

Last night the stadium received a good amount of rain and with rains predicted for Friday and Saturday, it could play spoil sport for a free flowing match. Humidity played its part. We have been here for four days.

"We are working with our doctors and physios to improve", said Denia. "We will try to adapt with the climate".

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