FIFA U-17 World Cup: Abel Ruiz scores late penalty as Spain beat France to enter quarter-finals

first_imgA late penalty by Abel Ruiz saw Spain edge past France 2-1 to enter the quarter-finals of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium on Tuesday.Lenny Pinto put France in the lead in the 34th minute but soon Juan Miranda of Spain scored an equaliser in the 44th minute.In the 90th minute, Ruiz converted a penalty to seal the deal for European champions Spain.Spain will now take on Iran, who defeated Mexico 2-1 in the other pre-quarterfinal match.The first 30 minutes between both Spain and France was a cagey affair. But things changed in the 34th minute when France took the lead through Pinto’s brilliant finish from the left side of the Spain box.But, just before half-time, Spain’s Miranda scored an equaliser. Miranda ran into the France box and collected Ferran Torres’ cross to slam into the net.After the half time, Spain made several box penetrations and troubled goalkeeper Yahia Fofana many times before missing the target with an excellent free-kick opportunity.But in the 90th minute, Spain were awarded a penalty kick and skipper and FC Barcelona sensation Ruiz stepped up and converted the penalty to send Spain into the last eight of the competition.IRAN TRUMPS MEXICOTwo early goals helped Iran beat Mexico 2-1 in a Round-of-16 match of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Tuesday.Mohammad Sharifi (seventh minute) and Allahyar Sayyad (11th minute) goals put Iran in command. For Mexico, the lone goal went to R. De La Rosa, who found the back of the net in the 37th minute.advertisementPhoto Credit: FIFA Iran were playing without their star striker Mohammad Dawood but they caught a perfect start as they were awarded a penalty in the seventh minute. Mohammad Ghaderi tried to take the ball from Adrian Vasquez through a clumsy challenge in the box, which resulted in the penalty. Sharifi converted the penalty to give Iran an early lead.Just four minutes later, the Mexican back line seemed to be lost in the middle and as a result Sayyad gathered a long ball, turned and chipped his shot over Mexican goalkeeper Cesar Lopez to make it 2-0.After conceding two goals, Mexico changed their strategy and started to attack. Soon, Mexico found their breakthrough in the 37th minute when Roda thumped in a volley from near the edge of the area from a rebound to reduce the goal difference to one.The goal enlivened the match and Mexico. The last few minutes saw some brilliant efforts from Mexico to equalise but it was too late as Iran’s back-line stood firm and denied the attempts made to seal the issue.After the win, Iran will meet European champions Spain in the quarter-finals.last_img

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