Abel Ruiz (19th, 43rd minutes) struck twice for Spain before half-time while Ferran Torres (71st) got the third goal. Lassana N’Diaye scored a consolation goal for Mali in the 74th minute.
This is the fourth time in the history of the tournament that Spain has entered the final. However, they have never managed to win the title.
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. Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets beat them to the title in 2007. Spain has also finished third in 1997 and 2009.
It was heartbreak for Mali as they crashed out despite playing impressive football. The Africans played exciting, attacking football throughout their campaign and Wednesday’s match was no different.
Mali, who had reached the final of the previous edition in 2015 losing 2-0 to the Nigerian side coached Emmanuel Amunike, matched Spain move for move and it was only the superb finishing ability of Spain centre-forward Ruiz that was the major difference between the two teams.
The final will hold at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan at Kolkata’s stadium in Kolkata.
In the first semifinals clash on Wednesday England defeated Brazil 3-1 with Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster scoring a hat-trick which helped the Young Lions secure their first-ever final appearance at the cadet World Cup.