Kolkata: A brilliant hat-trick by Liverpool FC striker Rhian Brewster helped England thrash Brazil 3-1 in the first semifinal of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 confirming their place in the finals at Salt Lake Stadium on Wednesday.
Brazil started the match on a positive note having a better ball possession over England. The first chance of the match came for England in the 6th minute when Calum Hudson-Odoi passed from the left flank to find Philip Foden who shot it wide of the bar.
Brazil got their first chance two minutes later with midfielder Marcus Amtonio’s shot went directly to the England goalie. However, the deadlock was finally broken in the 10th minute by Brewster who gave the Young Lions the lead with a shot of a rebound.
Down by an early goal the Brazilians tried to equalize making some beautiful inroads but were denied by the ever alert English defenders. Brazil finally got the equalizer through Wesley in the 21st minute much to the joy of the packed Salt Lake stadium mostly supporting Brazil, this time also the goal coming of a rebound.
However, England got a couple of golden chances to go ahead in the 28th and 29th minute. First a Odoi shot was brilliantly cut by Wesley while in the next minute captain a Joel Latibeaudiere header off a corner kick bounced over the bar.
However their hardwork finally paid dividends as Brewster once again gave England the lead following a defensive error from the Brazilians.
After the change of ends Brazil came back strongly with a series of attacks in the opposition half. First it was in the 58th minute, Brenner latching onto a ball from the the midfield shot a scorcher from the distance but England goalkeeper Curtis Anderson did a brilliant save diving to his left. Five minutes later substitute Yuri Alberto’s solo run was successfully blocked by the English defenders.
However, it was until in the 77th minute, Brewster who was lurking infront of the opposition goal got a pass from substitute Emile Smith Rowe fed by Phil Foden made no mistake in tapping in past a hapless Brazilian goalie thus completing his second hat-trick of the tournament. With this hat-trick became the top scorer of the tournament with seven goals.