England moves on to U17 World Cup final after Brazil swept away by Rhian Brewster hat-trick
England’s Under-17 team celebrated a 3-1 victory over Brazil in Kolkata this Wednesday, to get them to the final on Saturday. Rhian Brewster, Liverpool’s youngster, scored a second consecutive hat-trick against Brazil to help England reach the Under-17 World Cup final. This will be England’s fourth final in age-group football of the year, where they meet Spain who beat Mali with an identical scoreline.
In the quarterfinals, Brazil came back from a deficit to overcome Germany, while England absolutely demolished USA with Brewster contributing a hat-trick. With the energy from their victories quite obviously still there in the semis, both teams had a pounding and innovative tempo with England coming on top.
The game had a fiery start with England scoring the first goal in the 10th minute of the first half. Hudson-Odoi’s pass to Brewster was the right move even though Rhian’s goalbound volley was intercepted by Gabriel Brazão, only for the rebound to be instantly sent into the net.
As the game went on and neared the 21st minute, USA’s right side duo of Wesley and Paulinho began a criss cross attack that saw them exchange possession a couple of times. Paulinho’s shot was knocked back into play and thanks to Joel Latibeaudiere’s indecision, Wesley equalized the score.
With 6 minutes left to the first half, England pressed on forward. Foden raced down the right side only to be intercepted by Steven Sessegnon, who redirected the ball from the byline only for Brazão to complicate matters for the offensive. Brewster set it back on track though, as an interesting turn came to a position from where he easily shook the net.
Seeing as how Brazil came back from behind against Spain and Brazil, a one goal lead for England didn’t mean the game was over, far from it. An increase in tempo from the Brazilian side was expected but England remained calm and in control of the ball.
Come the 77th minute, Foden’s evasiveness allowed him to dash forwards, feeding Rowe who in turn crossed towards Brewster. Even after the ball took a potentially problematic side step after its landing, Brewster was ready and gladfully scored his second hat-trick in a row.
The third goal basically cemented the win for the English side and the match’s MVP, Brewster, tweeted after the game: “No words to describe how we all feel right now!! One last big push ahead fully focused on that now.”
Saturday’s final between England and Spain will be played at 3:30 PM and is sure to be a fantastic match. You can make it even more exciting by wagering on who you think will be the match’s winner and other betting options at some of UK’s best betting sites.