Two-time former champions Mexico face in-form England in the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Wednesday in Kolkata. However, the consistent Mexico need to get the better of England’s skillful side that includes Jadon Sancho, who rejected an offer from Manchester City to join Borussia Dortmund last week and Manchester United prodigy Angel Gomes, who together were too good for Chile to handle, asserting their supremacy in the group with a 4-0 rout. Meanwhile, France will fight Asian giants Japan in an equal battle in Guwahati. Both the teams stand with equal points in Group E. Later in the day, Honduras clash against New Caledonia and Iraq face Chile in the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 group stage. Here is how it happened:
FIFA U-17 World Cup: England 3-2 Mexico
1850 hrs IST: Full-Time – What a thrilling match in Kolkata. While the first half was dominated by the Young Lions, thanks to goals from Rhian Brewster, Phil Folen and Jadon Sancho, Mexico made the game super interesting as they attempted a brilliant comeback but went down 3-2 in the end. Diego Lainez brace gave Mexico a fresh much-needed energy. With the win, England qualify for the Round of 16.
1835 hrs IST: Meanwhile, France is leading the game in Guwahati 2-1 against Japan after Taisei Miyashiro converted penalty successfully.
1828 hrs IST: GOAL! What a goal! What a comeback! Mexico has a new energy as Diego Lainez hammers into the far corner. The game has taken a new turn with Mexico dominating. 15 more minutes to go!
1822 hrs IST: GOAL! Mexico get hope as Diego Lainez scores the only goal for his side after England’s lead. Twenty minutes to go. Can Mexico stop England’s charge?
1812 hrs IST: GOAL! England is on fire! And of course, the match is incomplete unless Jadon Sancho scores. Sancho, the lad who is set to join Dortmund, successfully converted a penalty to give England 3-0 lead. Mexico look helpless now..
1759 hrs IST: What a goal! Philip Foden sends a left-footed strike high into the net.
1743 hrs IST: GOAL! Rhian Brewster scores direct from a free-kick to give England 1-0 lead
1723 hrs IST: Mexico charge against a confident England, try a shot at goal but it is ruled off-side.
1716 hrs IST: The game has meanwhile progressed in Guwahati as Amine Gouiri scores in the first 15 minutes to give France U-17 a lead against Japan. A minute later, Japan ruled offside.
1710 hrs IST: Tournament favourites England attack early in the game. The crowds rise to cheer but the referee’s offside flag is up. Game remains at 0-0.
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