Heartbreak: England sends Brazil packing out of FIFA U-17 World Cup
Kolkata: Rhian Brewster struck a sensational hat-trick, his second in as many matches, as England handed pre-tournament favourites Brazil a stunning 3-1 defeat to cruise into their maiden FIFA U-17 World Cup final here on Wednesday.
Brewster, who had scored a hat-trick in his side's 4-1 decimation of the USA in the quarterfinals on Saturday, scored in the 10th, 39th and 77th minutes in front of a shell-shocked 63,881 Brazil supporting partisan crowd here.
The triple strike took Brewster to seven goals, the highest in the tournament, and the Liverpool youth team player has once again shown that he is the best predator on show in the mega-event. This is the first time that a player has scored two hat-tricks in the same edition of a tournament.
Brazil, who were seeking their fourth title, were finally outwitted and outplayed by a more tactical and resilient side and they bowed out of the tournament with a heart-break.
In fact, England, who created history by reaching their maiden semifinals in their fourth appearances, were the better side on Wednesday as they did not allow Brazil to impose on them in the match, which was shifted out of Guwahati at the last minute due to poor playing conditions of the pitch following incessant rain.
England played an open game and had almost equal possession at 46 percent and their attacking trio of Phil Phoden, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Brewster created a lot of problems for the Brazil defence, exposing their vulnerabilities for the second time after the Germany match.
England had five shot on target while Brazil had nine but the South American champions were uncharacteristically wayward and showed shyness before the goal at the Salt Lake Stadium.
The trademark creativity of Brazil was not there to be seen today as England had better domination of the midfield play.
Pocket dynamo Alan did his bit as he was the fulcrum of most of the Brazil attacks but the final pass rarely came on Wednesday, and even when it happened, the strikers could not finish.