KOLKATA: Brazil struck twice in the second half to see off Germany 2-1 and set up a semifinal meeting with England in the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.
Germany had the better of the first half on Sunday at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata and went 1-0 up thanks to Jann-Fiete Arp’s superbly struck penalty. But Brazil stormed back after the break and substitute Weverson got the equalizer in the 71st minute before Paulinho slotted home the winner six minutes later.
An absorbing game offered two contrasting styles, with Germany pursuing a patient passing game while Brazil adopted a more direct approach to try to utilise Lincoln’s pace.
Germany distinctly had an upper hand with the chances they created early in the match. Brazil in the bargain did well but could not penetrate the Germany defense.
After missing a few half chances, Germany took the lead just past the 20th minute mark when Arp stroked home a penalty after after Lucas Halter rashly fouled John Yeboah.
Having conceded, Brazil began attacking with intensity through Linclon, Paulinho and Alan but Germany hold on defending deep as the first half ended 1-0.
The second half belonged to Brazil who controlled the game from the defense to attack. Few minutes into the game, Lincoln almost levelled for his side but his effort was saved from goal-line.
The Selecao again went extremely close on two occasions midway through the half. First, it was Brenner whose attempt from outside was denied by the Germany custodian Luca Plogmann in the 65th minute.
Then the young custodian followed it up with another save, this time to block Alan who smashed a powerful low drive from close range two minutes later.
Meanwhile, Germany did create some decent moves but it was Brazil who found an extra gear in the last 20 minutes as first Weverson and then Paulinho punished Germany.
Weverson rounded Plogmann after he was found by Alan’s clever pass before Paulinho slotted home a stunner in the 77th minute that gave Plogmann no chance.
In the remainder, there were moments of anxiety for both teams but Brazil produced a solid defensive performance to protect their gains.