LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. – The Brazil Under-17 Men’s National Team overcame an early deficit and defeated England 2-1 on Monday in the opening match of the 2013 Nike International Friendlies at Premier Sports Campus.
Brazil’s Rafael Santos scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 41st minute as all of the scoring took place in the first half.
England struck first in the 18th minute when William Patching played the ball through to Kaylen Hinds, who was one-on-one against Brazil goalkeeper Bruno Oliviera. Hinds slotted a low shot into the right side of the frame underneath Oliviera to take a 1-0 lead.
Brazil tied it up at 1-1 in the 36th minute with Caique da Silva dishing from the left side – a crisp, rolling pass to Marcelo de Souza who made a run at the top of the six-yard box. De Souza simply had to redirect it into the goal past England goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman.
Brazil maintained its scoring momentum on a set piece goal from Santos in the 41st minute for a 2-1 lead. Caique da Silva took the corner kick from the left side and Santos rose above the crowd to head home the ball into the right side of the net.
England had a promising start to the second half, and Hinds nearly found an equalizer in the 56th minute when he ripped a shot off the left post.
Brazil’s Robson Rodrigo had two point-blank chances in the 86th minute, but he was denied twice by Whiteman with two clutch foot saves to keep England’s deficit at one goal.
In the five-minute stoppage time, England second-half sub Rushian Hepburn-Murphy had a clear shot inside the box from 13 yards out, but he was denied by Oliveira.
Brazil owned the shots advantage, outshooting England 17-9, with a slight 7-6 shots on goal advantage.
The match had several stoppages for injury, in addition to a water break in each half as temperatures hovered in the low-80s.
Brazil will next face Portugal at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Premier Sports Campus. England will face the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team at 5 p.m. ET that day. Both games will be streamed live on ussoccer.com, with updates on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt .
-Under-17 Match Report-
England U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Dec. 9, 2013
Competition: 2013 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Weather: 81 degrees, mostly sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
ENG 1 0 1
BRA 2 0 2
ENG – Kaylen Hinds (William Patching) 18th minute
BRA – Marcelo de Souza (Caique da Silva) 36
BRA – Rafael Santos (Caique da Silva) 41
ENG: 1-Alfie Whiteman; 3-Jay Da Silva, 5-Ro-Shaun Williams (15-Reece Oxford, 45), 6-Cameron Humphreys (capt.), 8-Foday Naby (7-Charlie Wakefield, 45), 9-Kaylen Hinds, 11-Christopher Willock (4-Callum Gribbin, 66), 12-Daniel Collinge (2-Trent Arnold, 45), 14-William Patching (19-Marcus Edwards, 58), 16-Adam Philips, 17-Ben Sheaf (10-Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, 70)
Subs not used: 13-Ryan Sandford, 18-Layton N’dukwu, 21-Connor King
Head Coach: Kenny Swain
1-Bruno Oliveira; 2-Anderson Sousa (14-Kleber Augusto, 20), 3-Gustavo Xavier, 4-Rafael Santos, 5-Riuler de Oliveira, 6-Jordan William (15-Mauro Jaqueson,
76), 7-Mateus da Silva (16-Evander da Silva, 66), 8-Matheus Pereira (capt.), 9-Marcelo de Souza, 10-Robson Rodrigo (17-Patrick Valverde, 45), 11-Caique da
Silva (13-Gustavo Martini, 70)
Subs Not Used: 12-Anderson Silva, 18-Pablo Vinicius
Head Coach: Alexandre Gallo
Stats Summary: ENG / BRA
Shots: 9 / 17
Shots on Goal: 5 / 7
Saves: 5 / 6
Corner Kicks: 5 / 8
Fouls: 6 / 9
Offside: 6 / 1
Referee: Lance Jacob Vanhaitsma
Assistant Referee 1: Apolinar Mariscal
Assistant Referee 2: Ramon Bermudez Jr.
Fourth Official: Caleb Mendez