• Spain advance to the semi-finals at India 2017
  • Abel Ruiz, Sergio Gomez, and Ferran Torres with the goals for La Rojita
  • Spain face African champions Mali in the last four on Wednesday

Spain eased their way into the semi-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 with a 3-1 victory over Iran in Kochi on Sunday.

It was the European champions that dominated proceedings from the kick-off, with Abel Ruiz putting them ahead before the quarter-hour mark. On the rebound, the Spain captain drove his shot past Iran goalkeeper Ali Gholam Zadeh.

La Rojita nearly doubled their advantage, but Gholam Zadeh made a superb save to deny Cesar Gelabert at his feet, with the ball flying over the Iran crossbar.

Any hopes Team Melli had of a comeback ended on the hour mark, as Sergio Gomez scored a fantastic goal when he received a Ferran Torres pass before turning and beating Gholam Zadeh with a left-footed long-distance strike. Torres then added a third goal when he converted Mohamed Moukliss’s low cross.

Though Saeid Karimi pulled a goal back for Iran, Spain held on to secure their spot in the last four and a meeting with Mali in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday.