A dominant Brazil made a strong statement of their top title contender status with a 2-1 victory over Spain in a Group D marquee clash of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup here today.In a much-anticipated encounter in front of a sell-out crowd, Spain made a flying start and took the lead in the fifth minute through an own goal by Brazil defender Wesley, but soon lost the plot as the Brazilians turned the table on them.
"You can imagine these guys are playing their first World Cup".
41′: U-17 World Cup us not necessarily a reflection of the senior side and this match is proving that. To make things even more interesting - and fitting - the contest is going to be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi - a city notorious for its love and passion for football and especially for their support of Brazil and Argentina.
The development means that the Brazilian U-17 camp will have to endure a nervous wait to see if Federation Internationale de Football Association will allow them to name a replacement for Vinicius. The assembled crowd returned home disappointed only to return the next day evening to the sight of the future stars of Brazil trooping out of the team bus.
"The crowd were behind us the moment we took to the pitch". It was really nice. "During the competition, you will watch players having this kind of exhibition since we have many quality players here. We wanted to give it back because it is very important for us all over the competition", the Brazil coach said. It is very important to have the crowd in your side. We have confidence in this bunch of players. This is the first time we are attending the tournament like this.More news: Two guards killed in an attack at Saudi royal palace
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.
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. We had chances but could not score.
Also in Group D, Niger and North Korea are considered as minnows but both will have a chance to prove their worth.
Asked about the impact of humidity on his players, he said, "So many players, not just from Spain but from Brazil had muscular problems. We need to work on our set pieces", Denia conceded. Humidity played its part. "We have only been here for four days. We will try to adapt and are working with our doctors to address the issue of dehydration", he said.