Ademilson & Leo on target as Brazil overcome difficult Ecuador test to reach the Fifa U-17 World Cup quarter-finals

Emerson Avila's team took an early lead through their No.9, but survived several second-half scares before the substitute's late header sealed a 2-0 win.

Brazil beat Ecuador 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the Fifa U-17 World Cup, but the victory was far more examining than the scoreline suggested. The in-form Ademilson put Emerson Avila's team ahead early on, but they were forced to weather considerable second-half pressure from their opponents before substitute Leo put the outcome beyond the underdogs' reach late on.

Brazil started on the front foot, controlling possession and probing for an opener with the dynamic right-flank bursts of Wallace and the mercurial footwork of Adryan. And it was those two who combined wonderfully to create the deadlock-breaker on 16 minutes.

Adryan produced a sublime back-heel to free Wallace, who squared the ball to Ademilson, just outside the box. The No.9 touched the ball into his path and unleashed a firm, low strike which goalkeeper Darwin Cuero got a hand to put was unable to prevent going in off the post. It was Ademilson's fourth game in as many games in Mexico.

That, for the pro-Brazil crowd in Guadalajara, was the prelude to a comfortable win, but Ecuador had other ideas. Following a half-time team-talk from Javier Rodriguez, they took the game to their more illustrious adversaries after the restart.

And the chances began to fall their way as the Brazilians looked tired and nervous. Joel Valencia and Kevin Mercado both forced Charles into reflex saves, and Marquinhos made one crucial clearance as the ball bounced menacingly goalwards.

However, Ecuador's inability to convert their opportunities was punished with three minutes remaining. Adryan delivered an inviting cross into the box and Leo got in front of his marker to glance the ball into the back of the net.

Brazil will now meet the winners of the Japan-New Zealand tie for a place in the last four, though they will be without suspended duo Lucas Piazon and Nathan, while Ecuador will return home, albeit with their heads held high.

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