Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 WC: Brazil coach enjoying 'homely' support in Kochi

Faith Castro
October 10, 2017

Ecstatic after making a positive start to their maiden campaign at the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup, debutants Niger would look to make a mark despite the presence of heavyweights such as Brazil and Spain in Group D, said team coach Ismalia Tiemoko.

If India taking on United States of America on the opening day of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup got you excited, the second day's contest featuring Brazil against Spain will take that thrill up a notch.

That allowed Brazil to claim the lead just before the half-time whistle, as Paulinho latched on to Marcos Antonio's fine through-ball before beating Spain goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez with a rising finish. But Abel Ruiz and Co. failed to find the net again after they did it in the fifth minute of the match through Wesley's own goal. We know how important is to win the first match. "Our players were a bit nervous after the goal but they remained calm and started to play their football to score two goals", Amadeu said after the match. "It was was a really an equal game", he said.

North Korean team coach Yong Su Kim rued the opportunities wasted by his players.

Just like his Brazilian counterpart, he too found the weather to be very hard. North Korea, who usually play defensive football, also had a good campaign in the Asian Under-17 Championship, where they crashed out to Iran in the semi-final.

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Amadeu thanked the crowd for the overwhelming support to his team. "We hope to win those games", he added.

"We are disappointed as we have been running from pillar to post to get tickets for the matches and there is not a single ticket that's available online for any of the days". He further went on to hail the Kochi crowd, most of whom turned out in the Brazil colours during the match. "We are feeling like home since we got here".

On the other hand, Brazil coach Carlos Amadeu couldn't hide his pleasure at the way his boys fought back after being pegged back early on.

As the game progressed, the Spanish team began showing their flavour attacking and snatching away the possession from Brazil making them look helpless. The UEFA champions dominated the start as well as the second half. "We have to improve as a team, but we need improvements especially in defence", he said. Humidity played its part. "We need to work on our set pieces", Denia conceded. We are just children who are learning the trick and trade of this game. "We will try to adapt and are working with our doctors to address the issue of dehydration", he said.

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