Rhian Brewster dedicates hat-trick to birthday boy team-mate Panzo

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Liverpool attacker Rhian Brewster scored a second hat-trick in two games Wednesday to dump Brazil out of the Under-17 World Cup send England into their first final, where they will play Spain.

Spain staved off a battling Mali to emerge 3-1 winners in a rip-roaring, action-packed semi-final contest to enter the summit clash of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup at the D Y Patil Stadium, in Navi Mumbai.

Spain will face England in the summit clash of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at 8 p.m.in Kolkata on Saturday. He also started the move for the third goal, spinning away from a challenge, escaping another and then slipping it out for Emile Smith-Rowe to cross for Brewster to score.

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The 17-year-old Liverpool forward, who also netted a treble in the quarter-final win over the United States, broke the deadlock at the Salt Lake Stadium with a close-range finish on 10 minutes.

In the England-Brazil match, Brewster struck a brace in the first half (10th and 39th minutes) before finding the net again in the 77th minute in the thrilling and fast semi-final, that saw an attendance of almost 64,000 spectators.

Losing Sancho would undoubtedly have been a blow to Steve Cooper and the England squad given his star quality and ability to make something happen out of nothing, but it is a testament to the overall ability of the squad that he's hardly been missed.

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Needless to say, the goal came after a poor defensive clearance from Brazil while none of the central defenders were alert to Brewster's run in behind them to meet Callum Hudson-Odoi's teasing cross inside the penalty box, a criminal mistake in a high profile game.

His seventh goal of the event, which is being hosted by India for the first time, came in the second half as it shut the doors on the three-time champions. This is the first time that a player has scored two hat-tricks in the same edition of a tournament.

Spain captain Abel Ruiz scored twice, including a first-half penalty, while Ferran Torres scored in the 71st minute.

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The Barcelona academy product has six goals - one fewer than Brewster - in the tournament and has been linked to Arsenal and other Premier League sides, as well as Juventus. "It was for Chelsea and I think it was U-12s, against Tottenham".

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