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U-17 World Cup: Spain defeats Iran 3-1 in quart-finals

Source: Tehran Times

Spain eased their way into the semi-final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 after defeating Iran 3-1 in Kochi on Sunday.

Watch the game's highlights

Abel Ruiz put the European champions ahead in the 13th minute. On the rebound, the Spain captain drove his shot past Iran goalkeeper Ali Gholamzadeh.

Any hopes Team Melli had of a comeback ended on the hour mark, as Sergio Gomez scored a fantastic goal when he took a Ferran Torres pass before turning and beating Gholamzadeh with long-distance strike off his left foot.

Torres then added a third goal when he finished off Mohamed Moukliss's low cross.

Saeid Karimi pulled a goal back for Iran, Spain held on to secure their spot in the last four and a meeting with Mali in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday.

Iran started the competition with a 3-1 victory over Guinea in Group C and defeated Germany 4-0 and Costa Rica 3-0 in their following matches.

Abbas Chamanian's boys defeated Mexico 2-1 in Round of 16 to make history by advancing to the World Cup quarter-final for the first time.

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