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Spain U17’s tikitaka end Iran U17’s dream run

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A sensational 3-1 victory over Asian comrades Iran, Spain lift off into last four places through admiring goals from Abel Ruiz, Sergio Gomez and Ferran Torres.

Spanish boys ruled the ground of Kochi as a packed Jawaharlal Nehru National stadium receives eye catching show from the their brilliance in playing the greatest game on planet.AFC U17 championship runners up Iran was a sharp opponent in front of title contenders Spain but their tactical approach did not worked out in the thrashing by the European giants.

Abel Ruiz by his second straight knockout stage goals joins the top scorer list along with Ghouri of France. In the 13th minute, he was the one who put his nation into a deserved lead after some straightforward attack which did not went in. Ruiz was academic in every sense throughout the game. He wonderfully followed his team mate Ferran Torress’s pass to slot home.

Before Iran could understand the strategies of their opposition they had conceded another. A 30 yard screamer from Sergio Gomez came at the rightful moment which helped his team’s grip on the game. The tall midfielder had a quick glance at the Iranian goal and did not hesitate for a moment to execute one of the goal of the season.

Iran then made some opportunities to resemble their presence on the pitch. Sayyad and Sahiri though failed to combine in the midfield in a game entirely possessed by La Roja.

Ferran Torress, admire of David Villa, started the second half on the same note with his goal minutes after re-start. An attempted cross beautifully converted by the star man of the night, Torress led Iran to bed.

Karimi notched one back for the deserted nation in the 69th minute but that was nothing to be pleased about. For once, the Spanish defense gave away to high pressurize football initiated by the Iranian inside 70 minutes.

Abel Ruiz himself missed two in the closing moments otherwise the scoreline would had looked much more destructive.

It was a sorrow end to the Iranian troops but they left some glorious memories to be remember forever in the first ever major international event to stage itself in India. Who will forget their 4-0 routing of the great Germans?
But the night belongs to Spain and they will go further in the competition wishing to grab the trophy at last.

The Spanish guns will next face African nation ,very much challenging in prospect, Mali in the semifinals of the FIFA U17 world cup.