Mexico 2 Uruguay 0 Under 17 Wold Cup final (Aztec stadium, Mexico City 10 July 2011)
Mexico won the under 17 World Cup by beating Uruguay 2-0 in a packed Aztec stadium. The hosts took the lead just after the half-hour mark when a cross from the right was headed back at the far post for Antonio Briseno to volley in with a side-footer from just inside the 6 yard box, and despite Uruguay hitting the post twice, it was Mexico who played quick neat football until the end when in stoppage time Gonzales broke through and squared the ball for Giovani Casilias to force past Jonathan Cubero and confirm victory for the young Mexicans.
2011 under17 World Cup
Group A - – European champions Netherlands suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Congo in their opening match and finished bottom of the group with one point from their 1-1 draw against North Korea after losing their final group-match 3-2 to hosts Mexico who topped the group with 3 wins ahead of Congo. Group B - France made their presence known with a 3-0 triumph over Argentina and after 1-1 draws against Japan and Jamaica finished behind Japan who defeated Jamaica 1-0 and showed style to cruise 3-1 past Argentina. Group C - England started with a 2-0 win over Rwanda but after Canadian keeper Quillan Roberts scored the 2-2 equaliser from a free-kick deep inside his own half, had to pick themselves up to overtake Uruguay with a 2-0 victory over the South Americans who had already secured a place in the next rounds with 3-0 and 1-0 wins over Canada and Rwanda respectively.
Group D - Stephen Carmichael claimed a historic hat-trick as New Zealand trounced Uzbekistan 4-1 on the day that U.S.A. eased 3-0 past the Czech Republic, but a few days later the big losers bounced back with Uzbekistan defeating the Americans 2-1 and the Czechs getting the better of New Zealand with a single goal leaving the Uzbeks to claim top spot with a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic while the U.S.A. and New Zealand also made it to the next round after a shameful display of time-wasting gave them the 0-0 draw they both needed.
Group E - Germany turned on the power in the 2nd half to crush Ecuador 6-1 and continued their dominance in the group with a 3-0 victory over Burkina Faso and a 2-0 win against Panama, while the Ecuadorians who had matched Germany in every department for an hour of the match went on to claim 2nd spot in the group with 2-1 and 2-0 wins over Panama and Burkina Faso respectively.
Group F - After scoring for Ivory Coast in their 2-1 defeat to Australia, Souleymane Coulibaly scored all 4 in their 4-2 triumph over Denmark before meeting group leaders Brazil who had kept a clean sheet beating Denmark 3-0 and winning 1-0 against Australia. In a thoroughly entertaining match Coulibaly added a hat-trick to his tally as Brazil and Ivory Coast progressed to the next round with Australia joining them as one of the best 3rd place teams.
Round of 16 - Uzbekistan hammered Australia 4-0 and Brazil struck twice to eliminate Ecuador while Uruguay defeated Congo 2-1 and Japan blew New Zealand away 6-0 on the first day of this round. On day two, Germany swept U.S.A. aside 4-0 and England succeeded against Argentina on penalties while another goal from Coulibaly was not enough as the Ivoirians lost 3-2 to France, and a goal at the start and end of the match saw hosts Mexico safely though at the expense of Panama.
Quarter-final Matches - Uzbekistan finally ran out of steam losing 2-0 to Uruguay while the impressive Japanese mounted a heroic comeback from 3 down against Brazil but lost 3-2, and the same fate befell England as they ran out of time to lose by the same score line to Germany. Mexico edged France 2-1 to reach the last four on home soil.
Semi-final Matches - Uruguay enjoyed a flattering 3-0 win over Brazil to reach the final and meet hosts Mexico who overcame Germany 3-2 in a memorable match in which Julio Gomez returned to the pitch - despite a head-injury that required stitches and a bandage - to score his second of the evening with a superb overhead kick in the last minute of the match.
Third place match - In a thrilling match Germany came from 3-1 down against Brazil to emerge 4-3 victorious and pick up bronze with Okan Aydin scoring a brace in the process.