Brewster blasts Brazil to send England to Under-17 final

Posted October 26, 2017

Kolkata: Talismanic striker Rhian Brewster fired his second hat-trick on the trot as England marched to their maiden Under-17 FIFA World Cup final with a clinical 3-1 win over Brazil at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan in Kolkota on Wednesday.

Brazil remained risky themselves, as Lincoln headed wide from a ball across the England penalty area.

On both occasions, it was Spain who came out on top, with a goal deep into injury-time securing a 2-2 draw this summer before they won 4-1 on penalties.

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The lead did not last long as, after both Lincoln and Vitao missed from close range, Wesley finished into the corner after Curtis Anderson could only palm a shot out into the box. But England were back in front just before thebreak, with Brewster scoring his tournament-leading sixth goal from Steven Sessegnon's byline cut-back.

However, Latibeaudiere's clearance was poor and he struck it against Wesley who capitalised on the loose ball and knocked it in, much to the delight of the crowd.

Brewster's final goal came in the 77th minute.

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The football from the Boys in Yellow was mesmerising at times while England soaked up the pressure. First, a few minutes before Brewster's second, Brazil's Brenner was sent clear by a lovely through ball from Vitao but the forward lost his composure and fluffed his lines.

Sancho actually started for England at this tournament but was recalled by Dortmund after the group stages in order to play for their first-team which he did by making a late substitute appearance in their most recent Bundesliga game against Frankfurt.

Two chances in the second half, summed up the game in total. Phoden again showed his skills to move up and essayed a pass to substitute Emile Smith Rowe, whose measured cross was put into the net by Brewster, ensuring England's passage to the final.

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Steve Cooper's team looks a good bet for the title on the back of this performance, regardless of who they face on Saturday at Kolkata.