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In a fabulous comeback, the young lions make it for England in Kolkata

After 52 games in 22 days with a total of 183 goals and over a record 1.2 million supporters visiting the six stadia used, India edition of FIFA U-17 tournament culminated with England emerging champions. In a repeat of the European U-17 Championship final in May 2017, the English again faced Spain, this time emerging victorious after coming back from 2-0 down to win a thrilling game 5-2 in Kolkata. This is the second England age-group team to win the game’s ultimate honour this year, following on from the under-20s in Korea Republic 2017 in June.

In the first half an hour of the match, it seemed Spain would repeat their victory over England in the under-17s European Championship earlier this year. The La Rosita hit England with two classic counters to go 2-0 up, via Sergio Gomez. But England came back just minutes before half time with a header from Rhian Brewster. The Liverpool player ended the tournament as the Golden Boot winner with hat-tricks in the quarter and semi-finals, and a total of 8 goals in the tournament.

The second half saw England going into full attacking mode. England looked refreshed and ready to take the game away from Spain. The equalizer came in the 68th minute, when Gibbs White tapped in from a few yards. Hudson Odoi rushed through Spain’s defense and squared to Foden for the midfielder to make it 3-2. A free kick was finished off by defender Marc Guehi to take England to 4-2 lead .When the fifth goal came in the 87th minute, again it was Hudson-Odoi linking up with Foden and again it resulted in a wonderful goal. There was an on-field wild celebration as the English players rushed towards the full-house gallery to share their state of mind with the Kolkatans.

The 17th edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India turned out to be a milestone event as it became the most attended in the history of the tournament. When 56,432 spectators turning up at the Salt Lake Stadium to watch the third-place play off between Brazil and Mali, the total attendance of the FIFA U-17 World Cup reached a historic figure of 1,28,0459. Before this match, a mere 6949 attendance was needed to break the record. Kolkata’s Yuva Bharati Krirangan got a standing ovation from FIFA as the world-class venue had logged a total of 5,42,125 spectators from all the games played there.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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