LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2017) – Brazil (2-0-0; 6 pts.) erased an early deficit, using goals from Giovanni and Alejandro to earn a 2-1 victory against England (1-1-0; 3 pts.) on the second matchday of the 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies at Premier Sports Campus. With the win, Brazil will finish the day atop the table and goes into Sunday’s final matchday needing just a draw or win to clinch the 2017 title.
The first half was defined by three well-worked goals, beginning with England’s opener.
The Three Lions broke through thanks to a little pressure and an alert transitional sequence in the 18th minute. Playing out of the back, Brazil defender Derick hit an errant pass after being stalked by Benjamin Braithwaite through the midfield. The ball fell straight to Oliver Pendlebury, who sprung the counter attack with the return pass for Braithwaite. The midfielder then threaded a great ball through the Brazil back line, where Fabio Carvalho broke into the box and hit a powerful effort which carried over the line despite Pedro Henrique getting a hand to it.
The goal brought some more life to Brazil, who pulled level in the 32nd minute. Following a 16-pass sequence, left back Gabriel Rodrigues penetrated into the middle and hit a ball that pinged off an England defender and fell for Miguel inside the box. The winger took a quick touch as he was upended, but the referee played the advantage as Giovanni one-timed a low effort inside the left post.
Brazil then took the lead in the 39th minute thanks to some high pressure of their own. England defender Samson Robinson’s ball out of the back looking for Yunus Musah was well-read by Brazil captain Hiago, whose challenge caused the ball to squirt to Sandry. The midfielder quickly played forward for Miguel who recognized the advantage and slid the ball on the left to Giovanni. With just one defender back, the goal scorer unselfishly slipped back to the right for Alejandro, who buried it inside the right post to give Brazil the 2-1 halftime lead.
England came closest to a second-half equalizer in the 59th minute when Musah chipped a ball through for Braithwaite that saw Pedro Henrique come off his line, only to send his clearance off Gabriel Rodrigues. The defender stuck with it and cleared to the top of the area, where a follow-up attempt from Carvalho skimmed over the cross bar.
With the win, Brazil moves alone atop the 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies standings with six points and can assure itself of the tournament title with a draw or win against the USA in Sunday’s group finale.
- 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies Match Report -
Match: England U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Dec. 1, 2017
Competition: 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 81 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
ENG 1 0 1
BRA 2 0 2
ENG – Fabio Carvalho (Benjamin Braithwaite) 18th minute
BRA – Giovanni (Miguel) 32
BRA – Alejandro (Giovanni) 39
BRA: 12-Pedro Henrique; 13-Yago, 4-Alysson, 3-Derick, 16-Gabriel Rodrigues; 8-Hiago (capt.), 10-Giovanni (17-Bruno Conceicão, 70), 5-Sandry (6-Emerson Maranyao, 52), 2-Gustavo, 7-Miguel (18-Gabriel Borsatto, 70), 11-Alejandro (15-Dhouglas, 63)
Substitutes not used: 1-Bruno Carcaioli, 9-Lazaro, 14-Deivid, 19-Bruno, 20-Wesley
Head coach: Carlos Guilherme Della Dea
ENG: 1-Tom Smith; 7-Valentino Viramento, 6-Samson Robinson (2-Dynel Simeu, 51), 4-Jeriel Dorsett (20-Sam Greenwood, 80+1), 8-Matt Bondswell (5-Taylor Harwood-Bellis, 50); 11-Yunus Musah (capt.), 9-Oliver Pendlebury; 16-Cole Palmer (15-Benjamin Knight, 63), 14-Fabio Carvalho, 18-Jeremy Sarmiento (17-Alexander Mighten, 51); 19-Benjamin Braithwaite
Substitutes not used: 13-Fynn Talley, 3-Josh Brooking, 10-Joe Hodge, 12-Teddy Hoare
Head coach: Neil Dewsnip
Stats Summary: ENG / BRA
Shots: 7 / 13
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 4 / 0
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Fouls: 14 / 10
Offside: 0 / 1
BRA – Giovanni (caution) 66th minute
BRA – Yago (caution) 70
ENG – Oliver Pendlebury (caution) 80+1
BRA – Gabriel Borsatto (caution) 80+7
Referee: Guido Gonzales Jr (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Tom Felice (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Art Arustamyan (USA)
Fourth Official: Ramy Touchan (USA)
The game was played with two 40-minute halves