Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 WC: Brazil coach enjoying 'homely' support in Kochi

Ebony Scott
October 10, 2017

Three times FIFA Under-17 World Cup champion Brazil take on European champions Spain in the opening Group D fixture at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi on Saturday. The Brazilian side looked vulnerable and was exposed which saw the Spanish side taking the lead in the 6th minute, courtesy Mohamed Moukhliss who shot the ball in via a pass from Ferran Torres. The Brazil defender could not avoid finding the back of his own net after Ferran Torres delivered a unsafe low cross from the right that almost picked out his team-mate Mohamed Moukhliss at the far post.

Matters worsened for Spain seconds before half-time when Brazil's Paulinho was allowed time and space to go through on goal and score past goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez. The South Americans' pressure would pay off on 25 minutes, as Lincoln took advantage of a Spanish defensive error in their six-yard box to equalize. Spain could not shoot the ball over.

Spain tried to find a way back in the second half but Brazil held their composure.

Captain Vitao had not been kidding on Friday when he said that his team's offensive play began from their defence.

Not a packed ground but somewhere between 20-25 thousand and a lot of them supporting Brazil which didn't come as surprise.

Amadeu, on the other hand, believes that winning the first game of the tournament is important, as a loss tends to affect the morale of the players. We could see that since warm-up, people were cheering for us. "We are also not able to get any information also here", said a group of youths hanging around the stadium on Friday.

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"It is always important to have the support on our side and we want to give back all the love that was given to us", said Amadeu. We had many camps and we have created a confidence to play with or without any certain player.

"We are disappointed as we have been running from pillar to post to get tickets for the matches and there is not a single ticket that's available online for any of the days".

The Brazilian tactician reserved special praise for the crowd in Kochi, a vast majority of which were visibly rooting for his side.

"We have felt like home ever since we landed in India, and more so after coming to Kochi. We are working with our medical staff to improve the team's hydration", he added. "So the whole country is happy with today's performance", said Tiemoko after Niger eked out a 1-0 win over North Korea last night.

"There are injuries. We will try our best for the recovery before the next match", he said. Humidity played its part. We are just children who are learning the trick and trade of this game.

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