However, it was in the 19th minute that the first blood was drawn as Spanish skipper Abel Ruiz scored his fifth goal of the tournament from the penalty spot. A two goal lead at half time meant Mali had to do a lot of work.
The final score read, 3-1 in Spain's favour who marched into the final on October 28 at the Salt Lake stadium to face England at 8 pm.Mali will play the other losing semi-finalist Brazil on the same day and same venue but a 5 pm kick off.
Ferran Torres then added a third for Spain in the 71st minute to put the result beyond doubt, although Mali did manage a consolation effort three minutes later through a Lassan Ndiaye effort. Spain were awarded a penalty when a mistake by the Mali defence saw an unmarked Cesar Gelabert storm into the penalty box before being brought down by Abdoulaye Diaby.
César Gelabert was the creator of Spain's first two goals. He also set up the second to find Ruiz on the right side of the box in the 43rd minute. However, replays on the giant screen showed Doucoure's effort crossed the line, provoking an angry reaction from the Mali bench.
Torres, who had a quiet game, headed in Spain's third from a Sergio Gómez cross that came from the left. By virtue of this win, Spain have entered the final of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup for the fourth time after their first appearance in the title clash in 2007.
The reigning European U-17 champions lost by identical 0-1 margins to Ghana and Brazil in the finals of the 1991 and 2003 editions respectively. With seven goals, Brewster has become the highest goal-scorer in the tournament so far. Mali should have got their reward in the 59 minute as Doucoure's stinging shot from distance zoomed past Alvaro, hit the underside of the crossbar, bounced past the goal line and came back out.