FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017
Brazil comeback leads them to last four
22 Oct 2017
- Second-half turnaround leads Brazil to victory in Kolkata
- Arp gave Germany the lead with a first-half penalty
Goals by Weverson and Paulinho lead Brazil to semi-final versus England
Brazil needed a second-half turnaround to defeat Germany 2-1, and with it, reach the semi-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 in Kolkata on Sunday evening.
Played in front of a passionate crowd of 66,613 at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium, Brazil made the brighter start to the contest and went close to taking the lead just six minutes in. Brenner won possession on the edge of the Germany box and found Alan, whose low drive struck the far post.
As the match passed the quarter-hour mark, Germany settled down and looked the better side up to half-time. They would open the scoring from the penalty spot on 21 minutes after John Yeboah was tripped by a sliding Lucas Halter in the Brazil box. Captain Jann-Fiete Arp converted his spot-kick for his joint-leading fifth goal of the tournament.
Yet, it was in the second half that the South American champions turned the match around with two goals in six minutes. Substitute Weverson levelled matters on 71 minutes with a powerful shot off the underside of the crossbar before Paulinho drove home a bullet finish six minutes later, to the delight of the Brazil-supporting Kolkata crowd. The result sent Brazil into a last-four meeting with England in Guwahati on Wednesday.