Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 WC: Clinical Paraguay breezes past Turkey


Navi Mumbai: Paraguay continued to shine and recorded their third win on the trot when they thrashed a struggling Turkey 3-1 in a Group B match of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup here on Thursday. They had beaten Mali (3-2) and New Zealand (4-2). After scoring a goal, Paraguay players run towards a corner of the field, go down on their knees and point the fingers towards the sky.

With six points, Mali occupy second place in their group, behind Paraguay at nine points.

Thursday's game started in dramatic fashion with Paraguay earning a penalty in the first minute. At the beginning, Anibal Vega found his penalty saved by Turkey goalkeeper Berke Ozer in a big relief to his side. Giovanni Bogado, Fernando Cardozo and Antonio Galeano were on target to help Paraguay maintain their winning streak in the tournament.

Juan Penaloza who scored both goals against India in their 2-1 win, was Colombia's star here too with a goal and an assist.

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The Eaglets dominated proceedings at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, hitting the woodwork on two occasions during the contest, and deservedly took the lead through Salam Jiddou's excellent strike on 18 minutes.

However, good teams have a number of options to open up the opposition.

Turkey were never in control of the game right from the kickoff as the Latin American side kept on pressing in front of the goal. A free-kick. taken from a few meters away from the box, curled enough to keep away from diving Turkey goalkeeper. Two minutes later, Paraguay doubled their lead. The left winger ran down the flank and kept a flawless ball for Cardozo who calmly found the back of the net. They could have made it 3-0 in the 65 minute had Cheick Oumar Doucoure's shot not rebounded off the woodwork.