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There's a local favourite emerging at the U17 World Cup
Mosquito (L) of Brazil jubilates with his team mates after scoring a goal against Russia during their game in round 16 of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, on October 28, 2013. AFP PHOTO/MARWAN NAAMANI *** Local Caption *** 241498-01-08.jpg

There's a local favourite emerging at the U17 World Cup


It's no surprise, really. Japan may have been the underdog darling, and a team like Nigeria may prove a formidable foe, but if the early Fifa Under 17 World Cup matches at the Mohamed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi have proven anything, it's that there's still no crowd-pleaser quite like Brazil, even in a tournament centred around teenagers.

In one of the more anticipated round of 16 matches tonight, Brazil beat Russia 3-1 to go through to the quarter-finals.

And with the the chants of "Bra-sil-ia, Bra-sil-ia" ringing throughout the grounds periodically and smatterings of green and gold around the stands, Monday night's match had a very Seleção-supporting feel to it.

Watch the video below, which highlights Mosquito's 72nd-minute goal and Boschilia's latter two strikes, and it's obvious that, if any team truly captures the attention of the crowd now that the UAE have been dismissed, it's probably the Brazil U17 squad.

(It also proves, with one brief clip at the end, that even Brazil is capable of an amusing misfire.)