Mali and Belgium meet tonight in the first semi-final of the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile.veroxybd.com
Both teams have met before of course, in the group stage, where they played out an entertaining goalless draw. This time the two sides will play for more than 3 points with a place in the final the prize.
Uefa Championship semi-finalists Belgium have reached a historic semi-final in only their second U17 World Cup appearance. Belgium boss Bob Browaeys, will be hoping to bring the young Red Devils to their first ever major trophy at this level. The young Red Devils have reached top form yet in the tournament following a opening day draw against Mali and a 2-1 defeat against Ecuador but Jorns Vancamp and Dante Rigo will be looking to cause the Mali defence more problems this time around by adding to their two goal tally.
African champions Mali are playing in the tournament for the fourth time, but it is also their first semi-final. Coach Baye Ba has done a great job motivating and organising the best defence in the tournament, which has only not conceded any goals from open play in the competition. Mali go into the semi-final undefeated so far in the tournament and the sole goal they have conceded was from the penalty spot. The stats speaks for themselves – a good attack and an even better defence, this might be their golden chance of winning their first World Cup. Mali’s rely on the team’s two dangermen Aly Malle and Sidiki Maiga, who both have notched two goals so far.
A historical encounter is in store as Belgium U17 will hope to emulate the recent success of the senior side who are ranked No.1 in the Fifa world rankings face a strong challenge against an impressive Mali side.
Words Yalchan Beydzhet