KOCHI: A late penalty by Abel Ruiz sent Spain into the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 after a 2-1 victory over France in Guwahati on Tuesday.
The ticket for the quarterfinals was at stake in the ‘Round of 16’ match against France. The team led by Santi Denia worked with fast transitions and made the most of gaps to reach the French goal.
However France was closed at the back and came out with speed in counterattacks, in search of making it to Álvaro Fernández’s goal. After several moments of a balance, France took over and held the ball in midfield.
In the 34th minute Lenny Pintor worked on the left and rush to the goal, scoring the opener for France. Ten minutes later, after a quick transition Ferrán crossed the ball and Juan Miranda scored the equalizer.
In the second half things changed, Spain kicked things up a notch. The chances came about, but the ball was never netted. First Sergio Gómez, then Mate and Sergio Gómez once again, creating clear opportunities for the Spanish side.
When it looked like the game going to the penalties in the 90th minute. A penalty was signaled for Spain after Lara was knocked over in the rival area. Abel Ruiz took it upon himself to shoot and finally scored the winning 1-2.