Full-time and England have won 5-2 at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan in Salt lake, Kolkata. This has been an amazing turn-around for the young Lions who were down 2-0 after 31 minutes. Steve Cooper’s boys deserve all the credit they are getting and have been fantastic throughout the tournament. They never gave up here and scripted an amazing comeback.
Commiserations to the Spanish. They fought hard but England were simply too good on the day. Santiago Denia’s boys can hold their heads high as they fought till the bitter end but it wasn’t to be.
Thank you for following an amazing tournament with us and hope you enjoyed the first-ever World Cup on Indian soil. Till next time, goodbye!
88: Who else but Phil Foden! What a turn-around this has been. The Manchester City youngster with an exquisite finish. Spain are losing their cool now. Quite a few of the youngsters surrounding the referee as England lead 5-2.
84: England are almost within touching distance of the World Cup. 4-2 up as Marc Guehi takes advantage of the confusion within Spanish ranks to put it past Fernandez.
72: Shot blocked on the line. Juan Miranda’s header off a corner is blocked by Sessegnon as England preserve their lead. End to end stuff, this!
69: Cracker of a final at the Salt Lake Stadium. Callum Hudson-Odoi runs to the byline and crosses it in for Foden who puts it in as the English bench erupts. With a little over 20 minutes left, England lead 3-2.
58: England have levelled! Kolkata is witnessing a cracker of a final as England equalise at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan. Foden passes it to Sessegnon, who crosses it for Morgan Gibbs-White. The Wolves midfielder has the easiest of tap-ins as we are level here at 2-2.
Half-time and it’s 2-1 to Spain! The first half has been one worthy of a World Cup final as the Under-17 European champions got off to a flying start with two goals from their number 10 Sergio Gomez but Rhian Brewster has pulled one back for England. Fantastic finishing from Gomez as Steve Cooper has some changes to make at half-time.
44: Game on! Steven Sessegnon puts in a delightful ball as all Brewster has to do is get his foot on the end of it. Brewster now has eight goals in the tournament and is now two ahead of Mali’s Lassana N’Diaye and Spain’s Abel Ruiz.
43: Off the post! Callum Hudson-Odoi and England are denied by the frame of the goal as the Chelsea winger cuts in from the left as his shot hits the right side of the goalpost and goes out of play.
31: Oh what a goal! Ruiz plays it to Cesar Gelabert, who turns and twists in the box before crossing it to Sergio Gomez. The Barcelona forward takes a touch before firing it into the far corner of Curtis Anderson’s net.
30: Water break and it’s a chance for Steve Cooper to ram his point home to the English team. Meanwhile the home crowd breaks into an arbitrary chant of “Mohun Bagan, Mohun Bagan!”
England have looked hurried here and Spain are suffocating them with their pressing tactics. The Iberians could have got themselves a handy two-goal lead but Mo’ Moukhliss could regret his miss later.
Read our preview of the final here.
21: Mohamed Moukhliss through on goal and could have made it 2-0 to Spain! The Real Madrid midfielder though, has a heavy touch and Curtis Anderson and England breathe a sigh of relief!
10: After a lightning-fast start by England, it’s Spain who have the early breakthrough as Juan Miranda’s cross is converted by Barcelona team-mate Sergio Gomez. 1-0 to Spain and England are under early pressure here.
1: England almost take an early lead as Rhian Brewster feeds it to Morgan Gibbs-White but Alvaro Fernandez pulls off a superb one-handed save to keep his team from conceding early.
La Rojita are unchanged as well as Abel Ruiz is a goal behind Brewster. Personal glory will be far off from the Barcelona forward’s mind as he seeks to put Spain in the lead early. Cesar Gelabert will be supporting Ruiz up front.
England are unchanged for the final. Rhian Brewster, with seven goals to his name starts again as he looks to add to his tally. Manchester City starlet, Phil Foden, will be the guy to watch out for in the Young Lions’ midfield. His teammate and captain, Joel Latibeaudiere, will hope to be the rock at the back for Steve Cooper’s men.
Welcome to the final of the Fifa Under-17 World Cup, England versus Spain from the Yuva Bharati Krirangan.
Two highly skilled teams will face off in Kolkata today and we will have a new champion, irrespective of the victor. This is your correspondent Arka Bhattacharya from the Salt Lake Stadium and I will be taking you through to the end of the night.