Brazil have booked their passage through to the Round of 16 with a slender 1-0 win over a stingy Australian side in their Group F encounter. The Aussies produced a vibrant attack against the Brazilians before the break, but an impressive bit of work from Adryan lifted A Seleção to victory.
It was a slow start for the familiar FIFA U-17 World Cup foes, and despite back-and-forth attacks for each side, it was Australia who found open lanes throughout the Brazilian area. With a quarter of an hour gone, the Joey’s did well to switch the field in Brazil’s defensive third and a free Hernan Espindola received the ball on the left side, but his right-footed effort went just wide.
An all-blue clad Brazilian side lacked their standard creativity, and they had trouble finding any attempts in the Australian box, giving goalkeeper Paul Izzo little test before the interval. The Aussies, on the other hand, defended well to create several counter-attack opportunities. While Australia had several developments within the area, they were unable to fire a convincing effort on goal and Charles easily handled shots from promising striker Dylan Tombides and Espindola.
After a dull first-half performance from the Brazilians, A Seleção amplified their attack to assume control of the match in the second half. Substitutes Misael and Nathan gave Brazil all the momentum and Wallace, more active down the right flank, fired several crosses into the Aussie area. However, for twenty minutes the Brazilians were frustrated by several blocked attempts and ballooned efforts over the goal. In the 64th minute, Izzo blocked a shot from Matheus only for Marlon Bica to have a clear chance on the keeper's net. However, the midfielder’s point-blank volley deflected off an Aussie defender.
It was not until the 76th minute that a stroke of individual brilliance from Adryan put the favourites ahead. The No10 drew a foul just outside the area, and he produced a magnificent free-kick effort, bending away from Izzo into the top corner. Australia were chasing an equaliser until the final whistle, with Mitch Cooper volleying his chance over the crossbar. But despite a brave effort, the Brazilians were the ones to earn their ticket to the last 16.
The Aussies still have a chance to advance, though, when they face Denmark on 26 June in Queretaro, while Brazil are set to meet Côte d’Ivoire in Guadalajara.