Brazil, Chile, Paraguay qualify for U-17 World Cup in India

The three countries have secured three of the four CONMEBOL tickets on offer to the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 with a match to spare at the South American U-17 Championship in Chile.

Paraguay players celebrate their win over Venezuela in the South American U-17 Championship in Chile. Paraguay was the first to seal passage after it beat Venezuela 3-1.   -  AFP

Football powerhouse Brazil, Chile and Paraguay today qualified for the Under-17 FIFA World Cup to be held in India in October from the South American qualifying tournament in Chile.

The three countries have secured three of the four CONMEBOL tickets on offer to the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 with a match to spare at the South American U-17 Championship in Chile.

The South American U-17 Championship was being held at three cities of Chile.

Colombia is the favourite to take the fourth slot as it needs just a point on the final matchday on Sunday to finish ahead of Ecuador and Venezuela and qualify for the U-17 flagship event to be held in India from October 6-28.

Paraguay was the first to seal passage after it beat Venezuela 3-1. Chile then earned qualification with a 1-0 victory over Ecuador.

Brazil, meanwhile, blanked Colombia 3-0 to confirm its ticket to India. Brazil’s win left the team on top of six-team final stage league table with 10 points, followed by Chile (9 points), Paraguay (8), Colombia (4), Ecuador (1) and Venezuela (1). Each team is left with one match each to be played on Sunday.