Wednesday Oct 25, 2017. 18:24
Welcome to live coverage of the 2017 U-17 World Cup semifinal between Mali and Spain from the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
All times CAT
90+6' - Full time -
Spain advance to the U-17 World Cup final. Mali will rightly complain that they were denied a legitimate goal, but the boys in red and blue were the better team in this match and deserve the victory.
90+5' - Yellow card -
Spain's Jaume is booked for a cynical foul near the edge of his own box.
Drame drags a shot just wide, as Mali throw everyone forward in search of another goal.
There will be five minutes of added time.
90' - Substitution -
Moukhliss makes way for Diego Pampin in Spain's last change.
87' - Yellow card -
Camara cautioned just a few minutes after coming off the bench.
85' - Yellow card -
Haidara cautioned for a hand in the face of Moukhliss.
84' - Substitution -
Seme Camara replaces Doucoure in Mali's last change.
Another Mali chance as a deflected cross makes it awkward for Drame to get a shot away and Fernandez gratefully smothers the low effort.
A promising Mali attack ends with a tame ball into Fernandez's hands. The Young Eagles must make the most of every chance to put Spain under pressure...
79' - Substitution -
Ferran makes way for Victor Perea
in Spain's second change.
Mamadou Traore with a shot... just off target, that had Fernandez worried! Mali's belief is growing...
74' - GOAL! Mali 1-3 Spain -
Or is it done and dusted? Guillamon slips up in defence and N'Diaye continues his scoring form with a fine finish to beat Fernandez at his near post!
That is surely game, set and match in favour of Spain. They will go on to face England in Saturday's semifinal in Kolkata.
71' - GOAL! Mali 0-3 Spain -
Gomez chips in a cross from the left and Ferran gets up to score Spain's third goal with a downward header!
69' - Substitution -
Mamadou Traore replaces Djemoussa Traore in the second swap for the Africans. Fernandez makes a sharp save at his near post from N'Diaye.
68' - Substitution -
Carlos Beitia replaces Gelabert in Spain's first change.
The Mali bench is remonstrating with the referee... they've seen the TV replays on the big screen and know it should have been a goal.
If there was goal-line technology at this tournament, Mali would have been credited with a goal just then! So unlucky for the West Africans!
Doucoure smashes a great long-range effort which hits the underside of the crossbar, bounces over the goal line and back into play, before N'Diaye heads wide from the rebound!
Abel Ruiz with another chance to complete his hat-trick but he curls his shot over the target!
It looks much more likely that Spain will find a third rather than Mali reducing the deficit...
Gomez with a cut-back to find Ferran on the edge of the box, but the midfielder's shot drifts just wide!
57' - Yellow card -
Doucoure into the book for a late challenge on Blanco.
Panic in the Mali box after Miranda puts in a floated cross from the left, but eventually the Young Eagles get it clear.
Mali shifting their formation a little after that substitution, hoping to work a way back into this game.
50' - Substitution -
Diaby makes way for Mamadi Fofana in Mali's first change.
Abel Ruiz runs in behind the defence and this must be a hat-trick... no, saved by Koita! That was a weak effort from the Spanish striker.
Drame with a shot/cross which runs just too strongly for Traore at the back post.
Back underway in the second half, no changes from either team at the break.
45+3' - Half time -
There's not much between the teams in terms of balance of play, but Spain have been more incisive and ruthless in attack and therefore deserve their two-goal lead.
45+2' - Yellow card -
Jiddou goes into the book for a rough aerial challenge.
There will be two minutes of added time.
43' - GOAL! Mali 0-2 Spain -
Spain with a sucker-punch as Gelabert plays a great pass to put Abel Ruiz in on goal and he finishes superbly to make it 2-0!
Doucoure with a downward header from a corner kick, but the ball drifts wide of the far post!
Mali on a dangerous counter which ends with Traore heading over the crossbar from Drame's cross!
Abel Ruiz almost directs a cheeky flick into the back of the net but he's denied by a combination of Koita and Diaby!
Doucoure with an awkward shot on target which Fernandez bats away for a corner kick!
Kane connects well with a long-range effort, but it's always drifting wide of the Spanish goal.
Mali finding it tough to create chances like they did in the opening quarter hour. Spain are keeping it tight at the back.
Almost 2-0 to Spain as Abel Ruiz gets a touch on Miranda's left-flank cross, but the ball flashes just wide!
Gomez cracks a low shot just wide of Koita's left-hand post, but he was offside anyway.
Spain controlling possession now with their passing. The Europeans can afford to sit back and let Mali try and force the issue.
Mali with a free kick just outside the box. Jiddou strikes for goal, but can't lift his effort up and over the wall.
Mali with a free kick in a good attacking position, but Kane's curling cross from the dead ball is well defended by Spain.
Midway through the first half, Mali will need to work hard to get back in the game from this point.
19' - GOAL! Mali 0-1 Spain -
Abel Ruiz tucks away the penalty and Spain lead the semifinal!
18' - Penalty!
Diaby trips up Gelabert and it's a spot kick to Spain! No doubt about it this time, the referee had no choice but to penalise a clumsy foul in the box.
Jiddou with a long-range effort, but it's over the crossbar and no worry for Fernandez.
Kane with great footwork to set up Traore with a shooting chance, but his effort after a quick turn is just over the angle over crossbar and post!
If anything it's Mali who are looking more comfortable now, knocking the ball around with confidence.
A fine start to this match, both teams more than happy to commit men forward in attack!
N'Diaye almost takes advantage of confusion in the Spanish defence, poking the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper Alvaro only to see it run just wide of the near post!
Great footwork from Gelabert on the edge of the box, he makes space for a shot but pulls the ball wide of Koita's left-hand post!
Drame with a shot with the outside of his foot which deflects off a defender and flashes just wide!
Spain's Gelabert tumbles in the box under a challenge from Diaby and Mali are somewhat lucky not to concede a penalty kick!
The subsequent corner kick brings another heart-in-mouth moment for Mali. Spain have started strongly, they look full of confidence.
Mali goalkeeper Koita with a great save to keep out a volley from Sergio Gomez! Spain very nearly claim an early lead...
1' - Kick-off -
We are underway in Navi Mumbai! Mali wear all yellow, while Spain are in red and dark blue.
Our referee for this match is Japanese official Ryuji Sato.
We can inform you that the winners of this match will face England in the final in Kolkata on Saturday. The English defeated Brazil 3-1 in the first semifinal earlier today, with Rhian Brewster scoring a hat-trick.
Half an hour to kick-off, here are the starting XIs:
Youssouf Koita, Boubacar Haidara, Djemoussa Traore, Fode Konate, Hadji Drame, Salam Jiddou, Abdoulaye Diaby, Mamadou Samake, Ibrahim Kane, Lassana N'Diaye, Cheick Doucoure
Alvaro Fernandez, Mateu Jaume, Juan Miranda, Hugo Guillamon, Victor Chust, Antonio Blanco, Ferran Torres, Mohamed Moukhliss, Abel Ruiz, Sergio Gomez, Cesar Gelabert