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Paraguay breeze past Turkey to top group

Friday, October 13, 2017
By Parth Khatau

Navi Mumbai: Paraguay beat Turkey 3-1 at the D.Y.Patil Stadium yesterday to sit pretty on top of Group B in the FIFA Under 17 World Cup, going through to the round of last 16.

The South Americans won a penalty in the opening seconds after striker Blas Amora was fouled inside the box. However, the spot-kick, taken by Anibal Vega was saved by Turkish keeper Berke Ozer.

The winning side, however, took a cautious approach to the game, not creating plenty of chances but keeping Turkey quiet on the other end. The deadlock was broken in the 41st minute when Giovanni Bogado’s curling free-kick nestled in the top right corner of the net. Paraguay doubled their lead in just two minutes later when Fernando Cardozo converted a cross from team-mate Blas Amora with a classy back-heel.

The icing was put by Antonio Galeano when his volley in the 61st minute deflected off a Turkish defender and found its way into the net. Turkey were second best in all departments in the match and were eliminated from the tournament. Turkey, however scored a consolation goal in the dying minutes with midfielder Kerem Kesgin on the scoresheet.

Speaking to press post match, Paraguay coach Gustavo Morinigo felt his side were unlucky not to keep a clean sheet. “We are still on perfect and our defense has always been a concern for me. However, the most important thing was to get the three points and I believe we can be a force to be reckoned with as the tournament progresses.”

Adding on his leaky defense, Morinigo said, “We have a few days off now and we shall be doing work on the training pitch as no game is going to be easy now and being astute defensively is of paramount importance.”

Turkish coach Mehmed Hacioglu felt his side lacked the physicality it takes to win the game. “I was not just disappointed with the defeat but also the nature of it,” he said. “We were physically weak but we can learn a lot from this tournament,” he added.

Colombia fire three to beat USA
Colombia beat USA 3-1 in the Group A game in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at the D.Y.Patil Stadium yesterday.

The Colombians started on the front foot and went ahead in just the 3rd minute after launching a long throw into the USA box which they failed to clear convincingly, leaving striker Juan Vidal to finish the move front close range.

The USA, however, kept looking dangerous, creating chances and hit back with an equalizer when midfielder George Acosta made no mistake in lashing on to a peach of a cross from team-mate Andrew Carleton in the 24th minute. The rest of the first half, however, was cagey with both teams resorting to a cautious approach, being unable to break down each other.

The Colombians looked a much more dangerous outfit in the second half, winning a free kick in a dangerous area, right on the edge of the box with many of their players appealing for a penalty in the 67thminute.

Colombia went on to score from the free kick, with Juan Penaloza on the scoresheet. USA reacted by hitting their foot to the floor, committing men forward and Colombia were able to hit them on a counter attack which was clinically finished by striker Deiber Caicedo in the 87th minute. USA will be particularly upset at some school-boy defending from set pieces, conceding two goals out of three from a throw in and a free kick. The win leaves Colombia second in Group A with USA finishing third.  

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