England prevailed over two-time champions Mexico 3-2 to seal a Fifa U-17 World Cup pre- quarterfinal berth with yet another dominating show in Kolkata on Wednesday.
It was a feast for the eyes as 40,620 people turned out at the Saltlake Stadium and witnessed the five-goal thriller with England dominating the first one-hour, followed by Mexico’s second-half resurgence.
After some hits and misses in the first 30 minutes, Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster curled in a 39th minute free-kick to break the stalemate.
Brilliant with his pace and movement, Philip Foden finally found his name in the scoreline when he doubled the lead four minutes after the break, while the Young Lions star player Jadon Sancho earned a penalty and converted it in the 57th minute for his third goal in the tournament.
It was all one-way traffic for the English youngsters but El Tri made a sensational comeback with a stunning brace by Diego Lainez (65, 72).
But, it was not enough for the seven-time defending Concacaf champions as they suffered their first defeat in the tournament, following their frustrating 1-1 draw against Iraq.
France beat Japan to advance
In another game in Guwahati, Arsenal target Amine Gouiri struck a brace as France notched up a 2-1 victory over Japan to secure a pre-quarterfinal berth.
Gouiri scored in the 13th and 71st to lift the former champions into the knockouts, while Japan found a consolation goal through Taisei Miyashiro in the 73rd minute at the Indira Gandhi International Stadium.
Japan, though, still are in contention from Group E having hammered Honduras 6-1 in their tournament opener.