2017 FIFA U17 World Cup third day round up
France got their FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 campaign off to an emphatic start with a 7-1 victory over their French overseas territory cousins New Caledonia, who were making their debut at a FIFA tournament in Guwahati on Sunday.
It was Les Bleus that dominated the first-half proceedings, as they raced out to a six-goal lead before the break. An early Bernard Iwa own-goal was followed by Amine Gouiri’s first of two goals in the half at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium.
Claudio Gomes made it 3-0 to the French before Gouiri struck again three minutes later. Maxence Caqueret made it five goals for the European outfit on 40 minutes before a Kiam Wanesse own-goal rounded off the scoring in the opening 45 minutes.
The second half saw New Caledonia goalkeeper Une Kecine produce a series of fine stops to deny France on several occasions. This included an excellent penalty save from Caqueret just after the break.
At Kolkata the highly rated England ran out to a comfortable 4-0 win in the Group F opener played at Salt Lake Stadium.
The South American runners-up were seldom in the match and they fell behind in just the fifth minute after Sancho beat two defenders and set up Callum Hudson-Odoi all alone in front of the goalkeeper.
Despite a host of dangerous opportunities through the first half, the Three Lions had to wait until after the break to double their advantage. The Borussia Dortmund winger was in the right place to turn scorer in the 51st minute as Chilean goalkeeper Julio Borguez gifted him the ball from Rhian Brewster’s cross in front of goal.
After a lovely run by George Mceachran set up Sancho for his second, the night of Borguez went from bad to worse as he was sent off for denying Brewster a clear goal-scoring opportunity well outside his box. Second half substitute Angel Gomes curled the resulting free kick past midfielder Branco Provoste, who was forced to deputise in goal for 10-man Chile, who had already used their three substitutes.
France and England made an impressive win over New Caledonia and Chile respectively in the FIFA U-17 World Cup group opener.