The South American giants and three-time U-17 champions were totally dominant against Honduras at the Emirates Stadium in Ras Al Khaimah, as they have been in all of their three Group A games. The 3-0 win over the Central Americans sees Brazil finish top of the section with a perfect nine points, having scored 15 goals. Honduras, despite the defeat, join them in the Round of 16 for the first time in their history as they shaded Slovakia on goal difference.
The result was also good news for Group B’s third-place finisher Côte d'Ivoire, who are now assured of a place in the knockout stages. Slovakia, on the other hand, will have to wait on other results to see if their four-point haul will be enough to see them through.
Brazil were totally dominant in the first half, but they were only able to convert their 83 per cent possession into a pair of goals against the determined and hard-working Hondurans. The South Americans sent a warning shot across the bow as early as the fifth minute, but captain Lucas’ header from a corner-kick slammed against the crossbar.
Ten minutes later, the Brazilians got it right and took the lead through the free-scoring Boschilia. His free-kick from 20 yards looped up over the wall before dipping down into the corner of the net to a roar from the crowd. From there on out, it was all Brazil. The Hondurans were forced to defend with eleven men behind the ball for most of the remainder of the first half, but even that wasn’t enough to keep Brazil out. On the stroke of half-time, Mosquito played the ball up the flank for Nathan, who then crossed low for Boschilia. The striker made no mistake with a cool finish into the back of the net from close range.
Brazil added to the lead in the 64th minute when again Nathan set up to the goal, sending in a long ball from midfield that was collected by Caio, who scored from an acute angle into the side netting. The Hondurans were determined to keep the scoreline tight to give themselves a chance at going through, so they spent the rest of the game camped out in their own half, defending desperately. Brazil, on the other hand, were content with the 3-0 scoreline that put them through as group winners. At the final whistle, it was time for a joint-celebration.