On the second day of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the much-awaited first match at Kochi’s Jawaharlal Nehru stadium saw a full house with fans thronging to the stadium to watch Brazil take on Spain.
The tickets for this match had been sold out last week and as expected, there was a full house at the stadium.
Decked in yellow, the fans showed overwhelming support for the team from South America.
Brazil hold most of the records in U-17 World Cup format and the match lived up to its billing.
The game was played at a fast pace with both the sides relying on short, sharp passes.
All three goals came in the first half with Spain opening the scoring through Mohamed Moukhliss in just the fifth minute of the match. However, later it was declared as an own goal by the Brazil keeper Wesley.
Lincoln equalised for Brazil 20 minutes later after he tapped in a ball that was parried away by goalkeeper GK Alvaro.
Brazil scored again 46 minutes into the match through Paulinho helped by an assist from Antonio.
Desperately striving to restore parity, Spain earned a flurry of corners. However, despite getting 11 corners for the match, they were unable to score.
Brazil won 2-1 at the end of full time and Kochi got its money’s worth, with its favourite team coming through.