Mali goal against Spain ruled out through lack of VAR technology

Spain's Abel Ruiz

Spain's Abel Ruiz

The final score read, 3-1 in Spain's favour who marched into the final on October 28 at the Salt Lake stadium to face England at 8 pm.Mali will play the other losing semi-finalist Brazil on the same day and same venue but a 5 pm kick off. Mali got a goal back three minutes after Torres' goal, through Lassana N'Diaye.

It was heartbreak for Mali as they crashed out despite playing impressive football. However, it proved to be nothing more than a consolation goal as Spain held on to set up an all-European final against an England side it beat in this year's U-17 European Championship. It was the Spanish that took the lead via a penalty as Cesar Gelabert brought down in the box. If Spain have to avoid conceding they will have to cut off the pace of the Malian wingers in defence and, while in transit, make sure their wingers get enough time and space to weave out threatening counter-attacks. Abel Ruiz made no mistake in clinching the opener as he hit the middle of the net, leaving goalkeeper Youssouf Koita helpless.

The goal was his fifth of the tournament for the African champions. A two goal lead at half time meant Mali had to do a lot of work. Mali kept pressing but Spain were calm in the work all around. Mali pulled one back through N'Diaye but it was too late. The best of those chances fell to Ruiz in the 33rd minute when his attempt beat the Mali custodian before missing the target by mere inches.

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A first-half brace from Abel Ruiz and a third goal by Ferran Torres in the second-half sealed Spain's progression into the final.

C├ęsar Gelabert was the creator of Spain's first two goals.

However, Brewster restored his side's advantage six minutes before halftime when he finished from inside the six-yard box, after an excellent run and cross down the right by Steven Sessegnon. Spain were also crowned champions of Europe, winning the UEFA U-17 Euros in order to qualify for the tournament.

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