A 3-1 win over Mali lined adult a re-run of a UEFA European U-17 Championship climax, as Spain triumphed to book a date with England in a FIFA U-17 World Cup final.
Two goals from Abel Ruiz, and another pleasantness of Ferran Torres, in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday were adequate to forestall a African champions from reaching back-to-back finals.
Spain started brightly yet were kept honest by a counter-attacking Mali, who saw Lassana Nâ€™Diaye shave a outward of a post inside a initial 10 minutes. However, a European champions were given an opening they did not spurn, as captain Ruiz converted from a chastisement mark after Cesar Gelabert was felled.
Mali were not cowed, dire Spain and personification on a front foot, yet this eventually brought about La Rojitaâ€™s second. Gelabert again was a instigator, feeding Ruiz with a glorious pass to see a No9 container turn a Mali goalkeeper from 20 yards out.
Mali were distant from beaten, though, personification with appetite and positivity. They came desperately tighten to halving a necessity when Cheick Oumar Doucoure rattled a crossbar, yet a sharp pierce during a other finish saw Ruiz and Sergio Gomez mix before Ferran finished off a move.
Hope glimmered for Mali when Nâ€™Diaye slotted home smartly with 15 mins to go, yet Spain hold organisation to strech a contest finale.