Carlos Amadeu hails massive support for Brazil in Kochi

Carlos Amadeu hails massive support for Brazil in Kochi

For in the stands were thousands of supporters wearing the famous canary-yellow shirts of Brazil emblazoned with the names of superstars Neymar Jr, Thiago Silva and David Luiz, cheering for Brazil in the Group D opener of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup.

"In the second half, Spain were better".

That allowed Brazil to claim the lead just before the half-time whistle, as Paulinho latched on to Marcos Antonio's fine through-ball before beating Spain goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez with a rising finish.

The first 2017 Federation Internationale de Football Association U17 World Cup match in Kochi saw Spain take the lead early on via an own goal from Wesley.

Amadeu was pleased. "The important thing is the mentality - when you suffer a goal you have to use your mental power to remain calm and remain on the game and score your goal. We are also not able to get any information also here", said a group of youths hanging around the stadium on Friday. Spain has also come to the tournament after an enviable journey in the Under-17 European championship as they were crowned champions, defeating England in the final.

The coach said his U-17 team is the future of Niger football and they will look for glory when they host the 2019 African Cup of nation for U-20.

Brazil coach Carlos Amadeu shrugged off questions about the humidity affecting the players, focusing instead, on the massive crowd support his team received. Having found out about the knee injury, Brazil's management scrambled to acquire the x-rays of the player's knee from Flamengo and send them to world football's governing body. "Anyway we will do our best for the next matches", the coach added. It was very hard for us today.

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"When we got into the pitch, the crowd was shouting for us and supporting us". It is very important to have the crowd in your side.

"We have felt like home ever since we landed in India, and more so after coming to Kochi".

The fifth minute goal was to sting Brazil, who their coach said later had been nervous at the start.

Brazil, the overwhelming favourites of the packed stadium, took control of the match just after conceding the goal with far more possession and attacking. We still have areas to improve and we will try to do that.

On the opening day, Brazil will take on Spain at 5 p.m. and the in the second match North Korea will face Niger at 8 p.m.

"We are working with our doctors and physios to improve", said Denia.

"Humidity played a part (in our loss)". "We have only been here for four days".