Mali goal against Spain ruled out through lack of VAR technology

Mali goal against Spain ruled out through lack of VAR technology

Having began their campaign as one of the pre-tournament favourites, the Spanish continued to deliver on their promise as they dispatched 2015 finalists Mali with a 3-1 triumph at the D.Y. Patil Stadium.

Ruiz opened scoring for Spain in the 19th minute from the penalty spot before making it 2-0 on 43 minutes.

Mali also had a goal that appeared legitimate denied as it was not signalled "in" by the assistant referee. Torres added to the Africans' woes when he headed down across from Gomez to score Spain's third goal.

He might be one of the brightest youngsters in worldwide football but Spanish striker and skipper Abel Ruiz is not thinking too far ahead and said now he just wants to focus on the final against England in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.“I am concentrating now only on the final game against England and not on anything else, ” said the FC Barcelona junior player after scoring a brace in Spains dominant 3-1 semifinal victory over African U-17 champions Mali here last night. His volley was spectacularly saved by 'keeper Youssouf Koita.

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The FC Barcelona starlet doubled the lead in the 43rd minute which saw Cesar Gelabert provide a pivotal ball to Ruiz who released a grounded shot from outside the box. The controversial attempt was overlooked by the match official as Mali's staff from the sidelines burst in fury.

A total of 162 goals have been scored in this edition of the tournament so far - the third best behind UAE 2013 (172 goals) and Korea Republic 2007 (165). Spain come into the game having found their attacking mojo, all the while showing why they are so good at keeping the ball. Spain too have enough motivation: for all the trophies won by the senior team, they are yet to win a U-17 World Cup in eight appearances. Lassana N'Diaye scored a consolation goal for Mali in the 74th minute.

England were the first to book their place in Saturday's decider after claiming an impressive 3-1 win over three-time champions Brazil at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

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