FIFA U-17 World Cup: Brewster Blasts Brazil To Put England In Final

Paulinho of Brazil reacts as Rhian Brewster of England celebrates after scoring the second goal during the semifinal football match in the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan stadium in Kolkata on October 25, 2017. Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP

Liverpool player Rhian Brewster scored a second hat-trick in two games Wednesday to send favourites Brazil crashing out of the Under-17 World Cup and England into their first final.

The striker, who scored three goals in the 4-1 quarter-final win over the United States, floored the South American giants in the determined 3-1 win in Kolkata.

England will play the winners of the second semi-final between Spain and Mali in Saturday’s final.

“We are going to work hard and hopefully win,” said Brewster after the game.

Brewster linked up brilliantly with Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden who provided the crosses for the match winner.

Brewster put England ahead in the 10th minute despite an attacking start by the Brazilians.

Brazil forward Wesley snatched an equaliser in the 21st minute to set up a thrilling match in front of a near capacity crowd.

But Brewster made all the running. He put England ahead in the 39th minute, becoming the top goal scorer of the tournament with his sixth strike.

His seventh goal of the event, which is being hosted by India for the first time, came in the second half as it shut the doors on the three-time champions.

The 77th minute strike was the third time unlucky for Brazil goalkeeper Gabriel Brazao, who had not let in a goal from open play in the tournament until the last-four clash.

Brazil forwards Paulinho and Lincoln created good moves but bad luck and England goalkeeper Curtis Anderson kept the three-time champions at bay.

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Brazil Set Up U-17 Quarters Clash With Germany

Brazil’s team players Renato Augusto (L) and Gabriel Jesus take part in a training session at the Allianz Parque stadium, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 9, 2017 on the eve of their FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifier match against Chile. NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP

Striker Brenner scored twice as Brazil beat Honduras 3-0 in Kochi on Wednesday to set up a mouth-watering quarterfinals clash with Germany in the Under-17 World Cup.

Brenner scored a goal in each half — in the 11th and 56th minute — to help the three-time champions maintain an unbeaten run in the 24-nation event being hosted by India for the first time.

After Brenner’s brilliant opener, Marcos Antonio doubled the lead in the 44th minute to take the steam out of Honduras’ resistance in the first half.

The title contenders have conceded just one goal in the tournament so far, against Spain back in the group stage.

Germany has had a contrasting campaign, having to stage a turnaround after being thrashed 4-0 by Iran in a group match.

Germany will meet the South American football giants on Sunday in Kolkata.

In the first last-16 encounter Wednesday, two-time champions Ghana eased past debutants Niger 2-0 in Mumbai to book their quarters clash with Mali.

Meanwhile, underdogs Iran will challenge the might of Spain, who edged past France 2-1 in another compelling match on Sunday.

Iran have turned out to be the tournament’s giant killers, and overcame a stiff challenge from Mexico to continue their dream run to the quarter-finals.

England, who will face USA, have also looked a dominant side despite losing their star midfielder Jadon Sancho, who was called back by his German club Borussia Dortmund.

The 17-year-old Sancho scored three times as the Steve Cooper-coached side advanced to the knockout stage with a 100 per cent record.

The 23-day event culminates on October 28 with the final in Kolkata, the eastern city known as the hotbed of football in cricket-obsessed India.

Quarter-finals line-up:

October 21 (Saturday)

Mali v Ghana in Guwahati

USA v England in Goa

October 22 (Sunday)

Spain v Iran in Kochi

Germany v Brazil in Kolkata

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Eaglets Dominate U-17 World Cup Individual Honours

eagletsNigeria successfully defended their crown at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 and the Eaglets also dominated the individual honours at the tournament.

The Eaglets’ captain, Kelechi Nwakali won the adidas Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.

Victor Osimhen won the  adidas Silver Ball in addition to the the adidas Golden Boot which he earned courtesy his record-breaking 10 goals and two assists.

Mali’s forward, Aly Malle got the adidas Bronze Ball.

Nwakali told FIFA.com, “I thank God for the opportunity to win this award. It means so much.”

Giving the credit to his team-mates’ hard work and diligence throughout their time in Chile, he said, “Right from the game against the USA, when we arrived in Chile, our aim was to defend the trophy.

“We believed the only way we could do this was hard work. We approached each game with hard work and seriousness. Any team that came to Chile worked for it.”

Other award winners are:

adidas Silver Boot: Johannes Eggestein (Germany/4 goals, 0 assists)

adidas Bronze Boot: Kelechi Nwakali (Nigeria/3 goals, 3 assists)

adidas Golden Glove: Samuel Diarra (Mali)

FIFA Fair Play Award: Ecuador

Eaglets Beat Mexico, Through To U-17 World Cup Final

EagletsThe Golden Eaglets of Nigeria beat Mexico 4-2 in the early hours of Friday in the second semi final of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile.

Two late goals from leading top scorer Victor Osimhen and Osinachi Ebere gave Nigeria victory over the Mexicans.

Nigeria had fallen behind in the 7th minute with Kevin Magana taking advantage of a defensive lapse.

Nwakali leveled up with a 25-yard free kick in the 35th minute and in the 43rd, Okonkwo finished beautifully to put Nigeria in the lead for the first time.

Mexico were back in the game again in the 60th minute through Diego Cortes’ solo run that saw him dribble past five players before slotting home.

Osinachi Ebere, however, restored the Eaglets’ lead seven minutes after and the tournament’s leading scorer, Victor Osimhen sealed the victory burying an 83rd minute penalty, after John Lazarus had been taken down in the Mexican penalty area.

With nine goals, Osimhen has now equaled Florent Pongolle and Souleymane Coulibaly’s record of most goals in a Under-17 World Cup tournament.

Nigeria is set for an all-African final against Mali on Sunday in Vina Del Mar. Mexico will face Belgium in the third place match.

Under-17 World Cup: Mali Joins Nigeria In Semi-Final

Under-17The Malian Under-17 have joined their fellow Africans, Nigeria in qualifying for the semi-final of the 2015 Under-17 World Cup.

Mali’s miserly defence continued in their 1-0 victory over Croatia, with Les Aigles stretching their impressive run without conceding to almost five hours.

Sekou Koita’s first-half effort was enough to see off the Europeans, despite a booking for captain Abdoul Dante meaning their leader and defensive organiser would miss the historic semi-final.

This is their first FIFA U-17 World Cup semi-final.

Nigeria had earlier on Sunday night punished Brazil’s profligacy and strolled into the last-four with a 3-0 victory.

With eight semi-finals for holders Nigeria, they have now set a FIFA U-17 World Cup record, after surpassing Brazil by beating them in the Chile 2015 quarter-final.

Under-17 World Cup: Golden Eaglets Beat Brazil 3-0

EagletsThe Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have defeated the Brazilian Under-17 3-0 in their quarter final match on Sunday.

The Brazilians started as the brighter side but once the Eaglets settled, the momentum switched in their favour.

Victor Osimeh put the Eaglets ahead in the 29th minute and it took less than a minute for Kingsley Dogo Michael to double the lead.

With two goals within a minute, the Eaglets were able to play some good football and in the process damaging their opponents’ confidence.

Udochukwu Anumudu made it 3-0 in the 34th minute to complete a dream first half that saw them scoring three goals in the space of five minutes.

The Brazilians fought hard in the second half for a possible comeback but all efforts were futile as the Nigerian boys remained well organised.

The four-time world champions will play the winners of Monday’s quarterfinal between Mexico and Ecuador for a place in the championship final in Chile.

The semi-final will be at Concepcion on Thursday.

Roundup On ‘Sports This Morning’ – April 4, 2014

Sports This MorningThis is the Friday edition of ‘Sports This Morning’ on your award winning Channels Television.

Yemi Adebayo takes us on a trip starting with top stories in the world of sports.

The countdown to FIFA World Cup, Brazil 2014 continues with 69 days to the biggest football event on the planet; we look at the readiness of Brazil to host the world and also focus one of the teams that the world would be expecting to make clear statements at the tournament, the Azzurri.

Meanwhile, the question on everybody’s lips is who wins the Women’s FIFA U-17 World Cup? Is it going to be Japan or Spain? You may have found out the winner but the analysis on this edition of the show would be a delight.

In the Nigerian Glo Premier League, the League Management Company has granted Nembe City FC provisional admission into the league after the club met conditions set by the body.

We also bring you some analysis of the great boxing match-up that promises to be a classic. Timothy Bradley says he is ready to prove doubters wrong by beating Filipino boxer Manny Pacquaio in their scheduled rematch.

Let’s also take you to South America, Argentina to be precise, as Boca Juniors takes on River Plate.

 

Presidential Reception: Golden Eaglets Get Financial Rewards

The Federal Government is to give each player in Nigeria’s Under-17 team, the Golden Eaglets the sum of 2million Naira each.

President Goodluck Jonathan made the announcement at a reception in the presidential villa in honour of the Golden Eaglets.

The Golden Eaglets won the just concluded FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates by defeating defending champions Mexico by 3-0 in the final on Friday, November 8, and The President had promised them a heroes’ welcome “in appreciation of the great honour and glory they have brought to their fatherland.”

The financial reward is not limited to the players; the head coach of the team would be given the sum of 3million Naira, while the assistant coach gets the sum of 2.5million Naira.

Speaking at the reception, President Jonathan said this is a golden era in Nigerian sports and assured that his administration would provide the enabling environment for the Golden Eaglets to thrive and be the best in the world.

President Jonathan To Host Victorious Golden Eaglets On Sunday

President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria on their 3-0 triumph over Mexico in the final match of the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Soccer Championship.

President Jonathan joins other proud and happy Nigerians in saluting the glorious achievement of the Eaglets in winning the Under-17 Soccer Championship for an unprecedented fourth time.

In a press release signed by Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Reuben Abati, the President commended the young Eaglets for the exemplary commitment, dedication, resilience, determination, patriotism and unity of purpose they displayed through-out the tournament to make Nigeria the World’s Under-17 Football Champion once again.

In fulfillment of his promise of a heroes’ welcome for the triumphant Golden Eaglets on their return home, President Jonathan will host a grand reception for the team at the Banquet Hall of the State House at 7PM on Sunday, November 10.

“This is in appreciation of the great honour and glory they have brought to their fatherland,” he said.

The President also urged the leadership of the Nigerian Football Federation to strive to ensure that “the world-conquering Eaglets, who have shown such immense potentials as youngsters, are  properly nurtured, trained and developed to represent the nation at higher levels in future international football competitions.”

He wished the Golden Eaglets and their handlers a safe journey home.

History: Golden Eaglets Win FIFA Under-17 World Cup

The Nigerian Golden Eaglets have won the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup tournament in United Arab Emirates.

Nigeria became the most successful team in the history of the tournament as goals from Erick Aguirre (own goal), Kelechi Iheanacho and Musa Muhammed secured a 4th title for the Golden Eaglets.

The Manu Garba boys announced their presence to the football world at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup with a convincing 6-1 victory over the same Mexican team in their opening game.

The second match was however tougher for the team as they had to come from behind twice to record a 3-3 score line against Sweden.

Next came Iraq and their Asian counterparts Iran but both could not withstand the firepower of Nigeria.

With victory over Uruguay in the quarter-finals, and a surprising 3-0 revenge over Group F foes, Sweden in the semi-final, Nigeria booked a place in the final, as well as a chance to make history against defending champions and their opening game victims, Mexico.

The 3-0 final victory has denied the Mexicans a chance to retain the trophy they won in 2011.

Worthy of note are the individual honours won by the Nigerian players. Kelechi Ihenacho unsurprisingly became the most decorated, winning the tournament’s Adidas Golden Ball Award for the overall best player, alongside the Silver Boot Award for being the second highest goal scorer.

Nigerian goalkeeper, Dele Alampasu also won the Adidas Golden Gloves Award while the entire team won the FIFA Fair Play Award.

Nigeria has now become the most successful team in FIFA Under-17 World Cup history.

Jonathan Sends Delegation Led By Mark To Cheer Eaglets To Victory

President Goodluck Jonathan has constituted a high-powered delegation headed by the Senate President, David Mark to represent the Federal Government at tomorrow’s FIFA Under-17 World Soccer Finals between Nigeria and Mexico in the United Arab Emirates.

Other members of the delegation who President Jonathan has charged to ensure that the Golden Eaglets receive all necessary support and motivation for victory include the Minister of Special Duties, Alhaji  Tanimu Turaki, the Minister of Labour, Chief Emeka Wogu, the Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe and the Minister of State, FCT,  Olajumoke Akinjide.

The President told the delegation to reassure the Golden Eaglets and their handlers of his personal confidence and expectations that they will maintain their excellent track-record in this year’s Championship, and crown their winning performances with another victory against the Mexicans tomorrow.

President Jonathan also conveyed to the Eaglets, through the delegation, the best wishes of all Nigerians for their victory and promised the team that together with all other patriotic Nigerians, within and outside the country, he will be cheering them on to victory during the match.

He looks forward to receiving them at the Presidential Villa and showing them the full appreciation of the nation when, as expected, they return in triumph to Nigeria.

U-17 World Cup: Nigeria Beat Sweden 3-0, Qualify For Final

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets have booked their place in the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a convincing 3-0 victory over Sweden.

Taiwo Awoniyi’s 20th minute strike gave the Manu Garba-led boys the lead, but the young lads had to endure pressure from their Scandinavian opponents all through the half.

However, goals from left back Samuel Okon and Chidera Ezeh late in the 2nd half gave Nigeria the victory.

Nigeria will now face Mexico who had earlier defeated South American giants, Argentina 3-0.

The defending champions, Mexico proved bookmakers wrong with a convincing victory over Argentina.

Two quick 1st half goals from Ivan Ochoa   in the 5th and 21st minute took the sting off the tie.

The Argentines who were yet to lose a game in the competition came up strong in the 2nd half but their efforts yielded no results as Mexico sealed the game when Marcos Granados found the back of the net in the 86th minute.

Nigeria and Mexico had earlier met in the tournament with Nigeria trashing the Mexicans 6-1.

Nigeria will be banking on the potent combination of Kelechi Iheanacho – one of the best players at the tournament with 5 goals and 7 assists and Taiwo Awoniyi who now has 3 goals in 2 games to earn victory in the final on Friday.