Belgium defeated Mexico 3-2 to claim the bronze medal in the third place match at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
The game which was played inside the Estadio SausalitoVina Del Mar, saw Dennis Van Vaerenbergh open the scoring on 54th minute.
Ricardo Marin equalized for Mexico three minutes later from the penalty spot but went behind when Dante Vanzeir struck in the 73rd minute.
Fransosco Vargas restored parity in the 88th minute for Mexico but Vanzeir sealed the win for Belgium with a 90th minute goal.
It would be recalled that Mexico lost 4-2 in the semi-final to the Golden Eaglets.
On their part, Belgium were beaten 3-1 by Mali despite going a goal up first.
Ten man Belgium finished third at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 after a hard-fought 3-2 victory against Mexico in Vina del Mar.
Bob Browaeys, Belgium coach Says.
“It was a hard and sometimes difficult match. We equalised twice but in the end we finished empty handed. Our goal in Chile was to win the championship and of course we’re not happy with the fourth place but that is football. After the semi-final the disappointment was big but today we wanted to win the medal. Overall we played a great first round but then two matches robbed us the chance to be in the top three. For this team a long process ends today but they will play in the next age group. Thanks to the people who loved us here. Thanks for everything,” Mario Arteaga, Mexico coach.
“Of course, you always need a bit of luck. We played a good first half, overall it was a nice match. Mexico is a great team. After the red card we had to change the tactics. Mexico pushed but I think they forgot my No7, Dante Vanzeir. He is very good at counter attacks. The red card was not good but in the end it helped us. Congratulations to my players. They are a fantastic group and I’m very proud. This is unique. At the 1986 World Cup and at the Olympics, Belgium reached the fourth place. And now it is for the first time a bronze medal. Thanks to Chile and the organisers. It is an amazing moment for us,”
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