KOCHI: Brazil built on their impressive start to the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 campaign beating North Korea 2-0 in a Group D fixture on Tuesday at Kochi.
The win at Jawaharlal Nerhu Stadium was powered by goals from Lincoln (56′) and Paulinho (61′) which secure Brazil a spot in the Round of 16.
In a game of equal exchanges, it was Brazil who went close first in the 9th minute when Alan fired from range however, the striker’s powerful effort was somehow gathered by the rival custodian Sin Tae Song.
Seven minutes later, North Korea went close when Kim Chung Jin set free on a counter attack. However, Brazil custodian Gabriel Brazao pulled off a brilliant save to keep the score goalless.
Having held on a few attacks midway through the half, The Selecao began pushing up with intent creating a host of chances only to lack the killer finish in the final third.
Nonetheless, Brazil almost took the lead in the 34th minute when Paulinho controlled the ball in the box only to fire inches wide from close range.
In the closing moments of the opening half, Alan had another chance to give Brazil the lead, but he hammered his effort wide as the first half ended goalless.
After some half chances early on in the second half, Brazil finally broke the deadlock four minutes before the hour mark when Lincoln made the most of Tae Song’s misjudgment to head home the opener from a free-kick.
The goal gave Brazil a much needed boost as they pushed ahead in numbers and doubled their lead five minutes later when Paulinho slotted home after receiving a brilliant through ball from Brenner.
Having taken a two goal lead, Brazil continued to attack the rival goal and had a couple of really close chances in the final quarter.
First, Alan skied his attempt from close after good work from substitute Vitinho down the left in the 77th minute before Marcos Antonio had his long range effort saved by Tae Song five minutes later.
Meanwhile, North Korea created a few chances towards the end but Brazil managed to hold on as the game ended 2-0.