Mexico Lifts the FIFA U-17 World Cup Beating Uruguay 2-0
After being rocked by a doping scandal and a dismal performance in the Copa America by the senior team, The Mexico U-17 boys did bring back something to cherish for the football lover of the country by winning the FIFA U-17 World Cup a little while ago defeating Uruguay by 2 goals to nil.
Scoring in both the halves, this is Mexico’s second U-17 World Cup title in six years. Put ahead in the 31st minute by an Antonio Briseno goal, Mexico had to defend hard to deny Uruguay the equalizer though they came close to equalizing twice, with both the effort hitting the post.
However in the dead end of the match, Mexico came up with another goal through Giovani Casillas to clich the match and the title, giving Mexico a seventh straight victory at the biennial youth championship by a combined score of 17-7.
Briseno scored off a brilliant volley from just outside the six yard after an attempted corner kick clearance was curled back for Carlos Fierro to head it into the center just to be volleyed into the net.
Uruguay’s tactical plan suffered a setback early on when forward Rodrigo Aguirre had to be removed from the field on a stretcher after clashing head on with the Mexican Keeper while jumping for a ball.
With Juan San Martin replacing Aguirre, Uruguay created chances quickly, countering three-on-two but wasting the chance when Elbio Alvarez put the shot well wide right in the 26th minute.
Buoyed over by the home crowds of 1 lakh people at the Estadio Azteca, the host enjoyed the maximum possession of the ball and outshot Uruguay 23-15. However Uruguay created more chances and had more shots on the goal, striking the post twice.
Just as when the match was about to be over, Giovani Casillas snatch the ball from Arturo Gonzalez on the counter and race past defender Alejandro Furia before unleashing a shot that keeper Jonathan Cubero was able to get a hand to, but not stop. The crowd erupted in joy and the Mexico U-17 World cup team created history just two week after the senior team won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Pasadena, California.