Web Desk: European champions Spain confirmed their class once more with an exhibition of tiki-taka soccer as they thrashed Iran Three-1 to make it to the semi-finals of the FIFA U17 World Cup on Sunday.
Spain, who has been considered the favourites to win the event. They did so by dominating the quarter-final as their tiki-taka soccer proved an excessive amount of for the Asian giants.
Captain Abel Ruiz gave Spain the lead within the 13th minute earlier than Sergio Gomez(60th) and Ferran Torres (67th) added a aim every.
For Iran, Saeid Karimi pulled one again within the 69th minute on the Jawaharlal Nehru Worldwide Stadium. Spain, looking for their maiden title, now meet African champions Mali in Navi Mumbai within the second semi-finals on October 25.
This will probably be Spain’s sixth look within the semi-finals in ninth try. The La Rojita have been runners-up in 1991, 2003 and 2007 and completed third in 1997 and 2009.
It was a totally completely different and unusually defensive Iran in the present day as they didn’t appear like a aspect, who had not misplaced any match earlier than Sunday.
They sorely missed suspended striker Younes Delfi who had scored twice in Iran shock upset of formidable Germany within the group stage.
The primary Spain likelihood got here within the 11th minute however Mateu Morey’s proper footed shot from outdoors the field simply missed the close to submit.
Two minutes later, Spain took the lead via Ruiz who scored his fourth aim of the event. The aim got here after 26 passes have been accomplished by Spanish gamers earlier than Ferran Torres bought the possession of the ball.
Torres bought the higher of his marker in the correct flank and despatched an extended cross for Sergio Gomez who, in flip, gave a sq. go to Ruiz on the middle of the Iran field.
Barcelona youth staff striker Ruiz’s first shot hit a defender constructed from the rebound he made no mistake along with his proper footer discovering the left aspect of the Iran internet with a diving goalkeeper unable to succeed in the ball.
This was Ruiz’s 24th aim in 28th appearances for the Spain U-17 aspect. He’s at the moment on the radar of high English Premier League sides.
Spain had two wonderful possibilities to extend the lead however Iran goalkeeper Ali Gholam Zadeh stored the scoreline 1-Zero with two wonderful saves, one within the 19th minute after which within the 34th.
A flowing begin to the second half noticed Spain push for a second aim. On the hour mark, one other Barcelona youth staff participant Sergio Gomez took the sport out of Iran’s attain with a spectacular strike from properly outdoors the field that hit the underside of the crossbar and went into the web.
Iran pressed ahead in the hunt for a aim and that left areas behind for Spain to make additional inroads. In a single such flowing transfer, Mohamad Moukhliss delivered an inch-perfect low cross from the correct which Torres merely tapped in to make it Three-Zero within the 67th minute.
Iran did get their aim two minutes later when an extended ball from defence met the top of Allahyar Sayyad whose diagonal flick discovered Saeid Karimi who nodded residence.
The sport was attended by a capability 29,000 spectators – highest on the venue for any match.