Wednesday Oct 25, 2017. 18:18
Welcome to live coverage of the 2017 U-17 World Cup semifinal between Mali and Spain from the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
All times CAT
90+6′ – Full time – Spain advance to the U-17 World Cup final. Mali will rightly complain that they were denied a legitimate goal, but the boys in red and blue were the better team in this match and deserve the victory.
90+5′ – Yellow card – Spain’s Jaume is booked for a cynical foul near the edge of his own box.
90+3′ – Drame drags a shot just wide, as Mali throw everyone forward in search of another goal.
90+1′ – There will be five minutes of added time.
90′ – Substitution – Moukhliss makes way for Diego Pampin in Spain’s last change.
87′ – Yellow card – Camara cautioned just a few minutes after coming off the bench.
85′ – Yellow card – Haidara cautioned for a hand in the face of Moukhliss.
84′ – Substitution – Seme Camara replaces Doucoure in Mali’s last change.
83′ – Another Mali chance as a deflected cross makes it awkward for Drame to get a shot away and Fernandez gratefully smothers the low effort.
82′ – A promising Mali attack ends with a tame ball into Fernandez’s hands. The Young Eagles must make the most of every chance to put Spain under pressure…
79′ – Substitution – Ferran makes way for Victor Perea in Spain’s second change.
77′ – Mamadou Traore with a shot… just off target, that had Fernandez worried! Mali’s belief is growing…
74′ – GOAL! Mali 1-3 Spain – Or is it done and dusted? Guillamon slips up in defence and N’Diaye continues his scoring form with a fine finish to beat Fernandez at his near post!
72′ – That is surely game, set and match in favour of Spain. They will go on to face England in Saturday’s semifinal in Kolkata.
71′ – GOAL! Mali 0-3 Spain – Gomez chips in a cross from the left and Ferran gets up to score Spain’s third goal with a downward header!
69′ – Substitution – Mamadou Traore replaces Djemoussa Traore in the second swap for the Africans. Fernandez makes a sharp save at his near post from N’Diaye.
68′ – Substitution – Carlos Beitia replaces Gelabert in Spain’s first change.
65′ – The Mali bench is remonstrating with the referee… they’ve seen the TV replays on the big screen and know it should have been a goal.
63′ – If there was goal-line technology at this tournament, Mali would have been credited with a goal just then! So unlucky for the West Africans!
62′ – Doucoure smashes a great long-range effort which hits the underside of the crossbar, bounces over the goal line and back into play, before N’Diaye heads wide from the rebound!
60′ – Abel Ruiz with another chance to complete his hat-trick but he curls his shot over the target!
59′ – It looks much more likely that Spain will find a third rather than Mali reducing the deficit…
58′ – Gomez with a cut-back to find Ferran on the edge of the box, but the midfielder’s shot drifts just wide!
57′ – Yellow card – Doucoure into the book for a late challenge on Blanco.
54′ – Panic in the Mali box after Miranda puts in a floated cross from the left, but eventually the Young Eagles get it clear.
52′ – Mali shifting their formation a little after that substitution, hoping to work a way back into this game.
50′ – Substitution – Diaby makes way for Mamadi Fofana in Mali’s first change.
48′ – Abel Ruiz runs in behind the defence and this must be a hat-trick… no, saved by Koita! That was a weak effort from the Spanish striker.
47′ – Drame with a shot/cross which runs just too strongly for Traore at the back post.
46′ – Back underway in the second half, no changes from either team at the break.
45+3′ – Half time – There’s not much between the teams in terms of balance of play, but Spain have been more incisive and ruthless in attack and therefore deserve their two-goal lead.
45+2′ – Yellow card – Jiddou goes into the book for a rough aerial challenge.
45+1′ – There will be two minutes of added time.
43′ – GOAL! Mali 0-2 Spain – Spain with a sucker-punch as Gelabert plays a great pass to put Abel Ruiz in on goal and he finishes superbly to make it 2-0!
42′ – Doucoure with a downward header from a corner kick, but the ball drifts wide of the far post!
41′ – Mali on a dangerous counter which ends with Traore heading over the crossbar from Drame’s cross!
40′ – Abel Ruiz almost directs a cheeky flick into the back of the net but he’s denied by a combination of Koita and Diaby!
38′ – Doucoure with an awkward shot on target which Fernandez bats away for a corner kick!
36′ – Kane connects well with a long-range effort, but it’s always drifting wide of the Spanish goal.
34′ – Mali finding it tough to create chances like they did in the opening quarter hour. Spain are keeping it tight at the back.
32′ – Almost 2-0 to Spain as Abel Ruiz gets a touch on Miranda’s left-flank cross, but the ball flashes just wide!
29′ – Gomez cracks a low shot just wide of Koita’s left-hand post, but he was offside anyway.
28′ – Spain controlling possession now with their passing. The Europeans can afford to sit back and let Mali try and force the issue.
25′ – Mali with a free kick just outside the box. Jiddou strikes for goal, but can’t lift his effort up and over the wall.
23′ – Mali with a free kick in a good attacking position, but Kane’s curling cross from the dead ball is well defended by Spain.
22′ – Midway through the first half, Mali will need to work hard to get back in the game from this point.
19′ – GOAL! Mali 0-1 Spain – Abel Ruiz tucks away the penalty and Spain lead the semifinal!
18′ – Penalty! Diaby trips up Gelabert and it’s a spot kick to Spain! No doubt about it this time, the referee had no choice but to penalise a clumsy foul in the box.
17′ – Jiddou with a long-range effort, but it’s over the crossbar and no worry for Fernandez.
15′ – Kane with great footwork to set up Traore with a shooting chance, but his effort after a quick turn is just over the angle over crossbar and post!
14′ – If anything it’s Mali who are looking more comfortable now, knocking the ball around with confidence.
12′ – A fine start to this match, both teams more than happy to commit men forward in attack!
9′ – N’Diaye almost takes advantage of confusion in the Spanish defence, poking the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper Alvaro only to see it run just wide of the near post!
8′ – Great footwork from Gelabert on the edge of the box, he makes space for a shot but pulls the ball wide of Koita’s left-hand post!
6′ – Drame with a shot with the outside of his foot which deflects off a defender and flashes just wide!
5′ – Spain’s Gelabert tumbles in the box under a challenge from Diaby and Mali are somewhat lucky not to concede a penalty kick!
3′ – The subsequent corner kick brings another heart-in-mouth moment for Mali. Spain have started strongly, they look full of confidence.
2′ – Mali goalkeeper Koita with a great save to keep out a volley from Sergio Gomez! Spain very nearly claim an early lead…
1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Navi Mumbai! Mali wear all yellow, while Spain are in red and dark blue.
16h20 – Our referee for this match is Japanese official Ryuji Sato.
16h10 – We can inform you that the winners of this match will face England in the final in Kolkata on Saturday. The English defeated Brazil 3-1 in the first semifinal earlier today, with Rhian Brewster scoring a hat-trick.
16h00 – Half an hour to kick-off, here are the starting XIs:
Mali: Youssouf Koita, Boubacar Haidara, Djemoussa Traore, Fode Konate, Hadji Drame, Salam Jiddou, Abdoulaye Diaby, Mamadou Samake, Ibrahim Kane, Lassana N’Diaye, Cheick Doucoure
Spain: Alvaro Fernandez, Mateu Jaume, Juan Miranda, Hugo Guillamon, Victor Chust, Antonio Blanco, Ferran Torres, Mohamed Moukhliss, Abel Ruiz, Sergio Gomez, Cesar Gelabert