FIFA U-17 World Cup: Mexico Youngster Diego Cortes’ Slippery Solo Effort Against Nigeria Voted Goal Of The Tournament (Video)

Chris Wright

16th, November 2015


The numbers are in and Diego Cortes has managed to salvage a modicum of positivity for the Mexico Under-17 World Cup side in the wake of their crushing 4-2 semi-final defeat at the hands of eventual winners Nigeria.

Indeed, having picked up 33% of the official FIFA vote, Cortes has been bestowed with the ‘Goal of the Tournament’ award for his sublime solo effort to square things up at 2-2 in the Nigeria game.

Picking the ball up way out on the right wing, the 17-year-old midfielder embarked on a lightning charge toward the Nigerian goal, dodging effortlessly past five defenders on the way before rolling a composed finish past the oncoming goalkeeper…

“I collected the pass, set off and just looked out for the gaps all the time,” Cortes later recounted to

“All of a sudden I was in front of goal and scored. Obviously I checked to see whether any of my team-mates were free but nobody was,”

“I don’t do that (kind of thing) often, but it’s a great feeling.”

Sadly, that great feeling lasted approximately half an hour before the Super Eaglets rallied and sent the Mexicans packing.

Hey ho, such is life.

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