England reach knock outs with hard-fought win over Mexico

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Oct 2017 10:16:50



A SECOND half brace in the space of seven minutes by Diego Lianez went in vain as stubborn Mexico went down 2-3 to England who booked their passage into the knock out stages of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan here on Wednesday.

Rhian Brewster (39th), Philip Foden (48th) and Jadon Sancho 55th, penalty) scored for the winners, before Lainez pulled back in the 65th and 72nd minutes.

England now lead Group F collecting six points from two games and play Iraq on Saturday at the same venue, while Mexico take on Chile in Guwahati on the same day. Mexico have one point from two outings. England played the same team that did duty in their emphatic 4-0 victory over Chile while Mexico made one change from their 1-1 draw versus Iraq with defender Luis Olivas replacing Alan Maeda.

Mexico coach Mario Arteaga had said on the eve of the match that they have their plans in place for the English and would look to exploit their untested defence.