FOOTBALL: Brazil crowned Under-17 champions

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Brazil crowned Under-17 champions

Brazil defeated Australia 8-7 in a penalty shootout to lift the Under- 17 World Championship and become the first team to claim successive titles. Brazil were far superior throughout, but tight Australian defending restricted the South Americans to long-range shots and the match was still locked at 0-0 after extra-time. Both teams had scored four of their first five penalties when Brazil's goalkeeper Rubinho dived to his left to save Australia's ninth kick from Iain Fyfe. Wellington then drove home the winner. "I'm trying not to think about it too much," said the Australian captain, Mark Byrnes. "Everyone is just gutted." Ghana took third place after defeating the United States 2-0 in their play-off match.

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