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Under-17 World Cup Final 2011, Mexico Vs. Uruguay: Hosts Claim Title With 2-0 Win

Mexico went in front in the first half then added one more in extra time to down Uruguay before 105,000 fans at Estadio Azteca

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Under-17 World Cup Final 2011, Mexico Vs. Uruguay: Hosts Claim U-17 Title With 2-0 Win

Over 105,000 people showed up at the famed Estadio Azteca on Sunday evening in Mexico City to watch a bunch of kids. It was the Under-17 World Cup final, but it didn't feel anything like a youth tournament. The stadium was filled to the brim, people from all around the world tuned in to watch on TV and the quality of play was well beyond what you would expect from, well, kids. That was especially true of the hosts, Mexico, who played crisp and clean football all match to overwhelm Uruguay and claim the U-17 World Cup with a 2-0 victory that lit up the iconic stadium.

Just because the players were adults didn't mean that the green-clad crowd at the Azteca was going to take things easy. The chants and songs, for Mexico and against Uruguay, were no different than it is for the men's team. The roar of the crowd sounded exactly the same and the beer flying all around the stadium after Mexico goal was also the same.

In the 31st minute, that beer went flying. Uruguay cleared a corner kick away, but only as far as Kevin Escamilla, who chased the ball down on the right. He quickly played a cross back in in all the way to the back post where Carlos Fierro nodded it back across the face of goal. Antonio Briseno was waiting right there for it and only had to tap the ball in for the opening tally of the match.

Mexico continued to show great calm and confidence, passing the ball around easily and dictating the play. It led to a few chances, but no goals. Even so, Mexico were in control of the match and most impressively for a group of youngsters, they were organized and disciplined all match.

As the match wound down it looked inevitable that Mexico would win. They had never given up control of the match and it was really just a matter of waiting for time to run out, but the Mexicans gave the capacity crowd one more thrill. With Uruguay pushing forward for a goal, Mexico caught them on the counter-attack in the 90th minute. Arturo Gonzalez broke down field with just one defender back for Uruguay, but he was patient and waited for Giovani Casillas to join him on the left. Casillas gathered the pass and with just the keeper to beat, slotted his shot home for the trophy clinching goal.

Uruguay wasn't supposed to be in the final. Alejandro Furia may draw comparisons to a young Diego Forlan, but he's the closest thing that Uruguay had to a star. Meanwhile, Mexico had Fierro, Julio Gomez and some of the best young talent Mexico has ever produced. It was a team that many said was better than the 2005 team that won the U-17 World Cup. Well now that the 2011 team also has won the top trophy for the age group they can claim to be as good as the 2005 team, if not better.

For more on Mexico vs. Uruguay and Mexican football in general, visit SB Nation's Mexican football blog FMF State Of Mind.

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Under-17 World Cup Final 2011, Mexico Vs. Uruguay: Lineups

The 2011 Under-17 World Cup final is getting closer and closer to kick off and the excitement in Mexico City is building. Over 105,000 people are filing into Estadio Azteca with almost all of them hoping to see Mexico win the trophy. They'll get a look at the same Mexico team that got them there with El Tri fielding the same starting XI that they went with in their semifinal win over Germany. Uruguay has made two chances with Guillermo Mendez coming into the team for Santiago Charamoni and Jim Varela coming in for Heber Ratti in what appears to be a move for more in the attack.

Mexico: Richard Sanchez, Francisco Flores, Carlos Guzman, Antonio Briseno, Jorge Caballero, Kevin Escamilla, Jorge Espericueta, Julio Gomez, Caros Fierro, Arturo Gonzalez, Marco Bueno

Uruguay: Jonathan Cubero, Emiliano Valezquez, Gaston Silva, Maximiliano Moreira, Leonardo Pais, Elbio Alvarez, Guillermo Mendez, Rodrigo Aguirre, Jim Varela, Gianni Rodriguez, Alejandro Furia

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Under-17 World Cup Final 2011, Mexico Vs. Uruguay: Hosts One Win Away From Sub-17 Trophy

When the Under-17 World Cup was being planned the organizers took a pretty bold step. They scheduled the final to be played at the Estadio Azteca. Having played host to an Olympic Games and two World Cup finals among many other events, putting the U-17 final there may have seemed like the obvious choice except for one thing. It holds 105,000 people. For a youth tournament, even if it's a youth World Cup, putting a match in a 105,000 seat stadium makes for a lot of empty seats unless one thing happens. The hosts have to play in the final. Well, that's what has happened. Mexico has advanced to the final where they will play Uruguay in front of a packed Azteca that will be buzzing all evening long.

Mexico got to the final by defeating Germany, 3-2, in a thrilling semifinal match that saw Julio Gomez score an incredible bicycle kick in the 89th minute to win it for the hosts. It was just another day of high-powered attacking for Mexico, who has scored 15 goals in six U-17 World Cup matches. Led by Carlos Fierro, the Mexico attack will challenge a Uruguay side that has allowed just three goals all tournament long.

Uruguay doesn't have the star power of Fierro or Gomez. They are still a country of less than 4,000,000 so no matter what they do they will always be somewhat of an underdog. They looked anything but an underdog against Brazil in the semifinals though, wiping the floor with one of the tournament favorites to the tune of 3-0. 

With Azteca filled to the brim, the atmosphere in Mexico City will be absolutely electric. It may be a little too much at first for a bunch of kids who are talented and all professionals, but haven't played in quite the setting they will be in on Sunday evening. Which team can settle in first could find themselves up 1-0 in the early going as Mexico and Uruguay battle for under-17 world supremacy.

For more on Mexico vs. Uruguay and Mexican football in general, visit SB Nation's Mexican football blog FMF State Of Mind.

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