FIFA U17 WORLD CUP: France Beat Mali To Book Finals With Germany

A dramatic second half saw France score twice to come from behind and defeat Mali 2-1 to book their place in the FIFA U-17 World Cup Indonesia 2023 final.

Mali started the brighter of the two sides and called France goalkeeper, Paul Argney into action twice inside the first 10 minutes.

But Argney denied the Malian captain, Ibrahim Diarra with a fine sprawling save, before making himself big again soon after to thwart Ibrahim Kanate.

But eventually broke the deadlock in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time becoming the first team to net against France in more than 500 minutes of U-17 World Cup football in the process when Diarra tapped home after Argney flapped at a Barry cross from the left.

At the resumption of the second half, France fourth hard enough and got rewarded with a Yvann Titi goal in the 56th minute, that came after Mali was reduced to 10 men when souleymane Sanogo was sent off.

With Mali a man down, Ismail Bouneb scored the decisive goal with a free kick in the 69th minute to give the Europeans victory.

France who has only one the world cup once in 2001, will face Germany who has never won the competition in the final on Saturday, while Mali will take on Argentina in Friday’s match for third place.

Germany had earlier defeated Argentina in the semi-final encounter 4-2 via penalty shootout after regular time had ended in a 3-3 draw at Stadion Manahan.

The FIFA U-17 World Cup final match between Germany and France is a repeat of the UEFA European U-17 Championship where Germany emerged victorious winning 5-4 on penalties following a 0-0 draw in Budapest, Hungary.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Ismail Bouneb (FRA)

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