Kolkata, Oct 22 (IANS) Paulinho’s beautiful second-half strike helped three-time champions Brazil script a memorable come-from-behind 2-1 victory over European heavyweights Germany within the FIFA U-17 World Cup quarter-finals right here on Sunday.
The South American U-17 champions have now booked a semi-final date with England.
Brazil will tackle the English on the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Wednesday.
In entrance of over 66,000 spectators on the buzzing Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Germany weathered the preliminary Brazil onslaught to take the lead by Jann-Fiete Arp within the 21st minute by way of a penalty.
Brazil, seemingly below the cosh within the first interval, stamped their class within the area of six second-half minutes using on targets from substitute Weverson (71st) and Paulinho (77th) throughout a quarter-final conflict that totally matched its hype.
After the winner, Paulinho, accompanied by his teammates in canary yellow, sprinted in the direction of the raucous gallery to rejoice with the followers in scenes that may be remembered for a very long time.
Germany missed midfielder Yannick Kietel on account of a hamstring damage whereas winger Dennis Jastrzembski sat out on account of accumulation of yellow playing cards. Nicolas Kuehn and Josha Vagnoman changed the duo.
Brazil, then again, began with out left-back Weverson with Luan Candido taking part in rather than him.
The opening exchanges noticed the youthful exuberance of Brazil pinning down Germany, as the majority of the stadium rooted for the gamers from Samba land.
The damaging Paulinho bought previous a maze of defenders and Lincoln broke by to the field earlier than Alan’s first time right-footer cannoned off the put up sending the packed home right into a symphony of “oohs”.
Moments later, Paulinho mixed with Lincoln so swiftly that the German backline of Lars Mai, Yann Bisseck, Josha Vagnoman and Dominik Becker have been left chasing shadows.
Brazil confirmed all of the glimpses of taking an early lead however their rivals, recognized for his or her self-discipline and meticulous planning, profited from a inflexible five-man midfield to shut the door on the South People.
The Germans reorganised themselves and carried a sequence of raids on the opponent’s citadel, The artful German John Yeboah seemed menacing as he moved into the field, and in desperation Lucas Halter introduced him down. Referee Jair Marrufo pointed to the dreaded spot and Arp made no mistake, sending the keeper the improper method. It was Arp’s fifth aim of the event.
Quickly after, Elias Abouchabaka shot throughout the face of aim and Yeboah’s stinging cross was cleared by a diving Brazilian skipper Vitao from in entrance of the aim.
The Germans dominated the remainder of the half with their midfielders holding sway.
Brazil took off Candido with Weverson coming in after the break.
The second-most profitable workforce within the junior event ought to have pegged again within the subsequent 15 minutes First, Lincoln’s strike from contained in the field was parried away for a nook by German keeper Luca Plogmann. From the resultant flag kick, Lincoln headed simply broad.
Lincoln was within the thick of issues moments later, passing for Alan throughout the face of the aim with the latter agonisingly failing to attach.
The wave of assaults paid off in scintillating style for the yellow shirts. Substitute Weverson rattled the underside of the bar with a thunderous strike after Alan teed him up inside the realm whereas the crowning second got here from Paulinho whose scorcher from 25 yards despatched the group into raptures.
Within the closing couple of minutes, Germany threw every little thing at Brazil however to no avail.