World champs Brazil pip Euro holders Spain 2-1


The UEFA champions dominated the start as well as the second half.

Brazil has been one of the most-followed teams in the state, with clubs from the South American nation like Atletico Paranaense and Ferroviaria Sao Paulo, and players including Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos, getting to know the warmth of Kerala's football fans in the recent past. Spain could not shoot the ball over. "It was was a really an equal game", he said.

While Brazil coach Carlos Amadeu said that both the teams played a lovely style, the Spanish coach Santiago Denia believes, "It was an equally contested match between two good teams, we started well but but after the goal Brazil started to attack". "There was very good support for Spain too", said the coach.

"It was the first game in such a high level". In the last U-17 World Cup in 2015 we lost our first game and we went to the second game against England totally nervous.

The optimistic captain of the team, however, said that they have to pressure or scare about the match and each players would discharge their duties as they want to snatch the first win. Today we remained focused after conceding the goal.

The Spainards dazzled in the first 15 minutes displaying traits of Tiki Taka which made its football so pleasing to the eye.

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It is rare to see a Spanish team without meaningful possession but thousands of yellow-clad Brazil fans saw such a first half, in which their team's forwards harassed the young La Rojas.

"The crowd were behind us the moment we took to the pitch to warm up". It was really nice.

The Brazilian tactician reserved special praise for the crowd in Kochi, a vast majority of which were visibly rooting for his side. "The loss to Brazil has complicated the situation but we are looking for a win against Niger and to qualify for the next stage, " he said.

"We came here after travelling more than 200 km just to watch Brazil play". "We have felt like home ever since we landed in India, and more so after coming to Kochi".

Spain's Santiago Denia rued that his side did not take the chances that came their way.

In the AFC Cup, the Koreans played an offensive game but Su hinted that they may go defensive against tougher sides - obviously referring to Brazil and Spain.