England to face Spain in Under-17 World Cup final
Oct. 25, 2017
KOLKATA, India (AP) — Rhian Brewster scored his second straight hat trick to give England a 3-1 victory over Brazil on Wednesday and line up an Under-17 World Cup final against Spain.
Spain ended Mali's hopes of back-to-back finals with a 3-1 win in the other semifinal, played in Navi Mumbai.
Saturday's showdown between England and Spain will be a repeat of the Under-17 European Championship final in May, which Spain won in a penalty shootout.
Brewster, a Liverpool striker who also scored a hat trick against the United States in the quarterfinals, got his first goal in the 10th minute. He became the leading scorer in the tournament in the 39th with his sixth goal.
Brewster's final goal came in the 77th minute.
Wesley scored Brazil's lone goal in the 21st minute.
Spain captain Abel Ruiz scored twice, including a first-half penalty, while Ferran Torres scored in the 71st minute.
Mali's consolation goal came 16 minutes from the end through Lassana N'Diaye.