Spain have set up a World Cup Under-17 final against England after defeat Mali 3-1 in Wednesday’s semi-final encounter.
Spanish captain Abel Ruiz – a forward with Barcelona B – put Santiago Denia’s men in control with a first half double before Ferran Torres’s late header, while Lassana N'Diaye grabbed a consolation for the African side.
Ruiz gave his side the lead from the penalty spot before a side-footed finish before controversy arrived; Cheick Doucoure's strike crossed the line for Mali but a goal was not given.
Torres – a striker on Valencia’s books – headed home a third to seal the game and ensure Mali, who were beaten by Nigeria in the final two years ago, would have to settle for a third-placed playoff with Brazil.
Spain will now meet England in Saturday’s showpiece in Kalkuta.