Brazil did not impress but a soft goal let in by the Malian goalkeeper tilted the game in their favour, in Kolkata on Saturday.
It may not be the exact match they were hoping to play in Kolkata, but both Brazil and Mali are eager to finish their Under-17 WC campaign on a high.
37,847 pairs of eyes in Mumbai saw Cheick Oumar Doucoure score arguably the 'goal' of the U-17 World Cup. The pair that mattered, though, did not.
Spain booked their ticket to the finals of the U-17 World Cup after beating Mali 3-1 in the semifinals in Mumbai.
Mali have taken playing at venues with sparse attendances and on rain-soaked pitches in their stride, spurred by the chance to win the U-17 World Cup.
The second semi-final of the U17 World Cup is set to be a battle between Mali's relentless attack and Spain's mental toughness.
Mali reached into their sturdiest core, amplified their strengths and mastered conditions and opposition on a pudding of a pitch, writes Sharda Ugra.
The heavy and continuous rain in Guwahati meant the match was more about adaptation and endurance than footballing skill.
As Mali face Ghana in the U-17 World Cup quarter-finals, India can learn a lot from the progress of African football, writes Sharda Ugra.
Lassana N'Diaye scored a brace as Mali outclassed Iraq in Goa in a 5-1 win in the round of 16.
With the group stages over, here's how the round of 16 matchups -- including France vs. Spain -- look like.
Djemoussa Traore, Lassana N'Diaye and Fode Konate all scored as Mali beat Turkey 3-0 to get their first win of the U17 World Cup.
Alan Rodríguez's second-half penalty helped Paraguay beat Mali 3-2 in their opening U17 World Cup encounter.
ESPN presents five USA and African players to keep an eye out for in the upcoming Under-17 World Cup in India
A little over 500 players from 24 countries will be in India for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Here are the interesting bits about some of them.