Paraguay humble Turkey to top Group A

Paraguay humble Turkey to top Group A

South American dark horses Paraguay sealed their passage to the Round-of-16 of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup with a crushing 3-1 win over Turkey on the final day of Group "B" matches at the DY Patil Stadium in Nerul yesterday. They had beaten Mali (3-2) and New Zealand (4-2). Giovanni Bogado, Fernando Cardozo and Antonio Galeano were on target to help Paraguay maintain their winning streak in the tournament. Wednesday's result sees them finish second behind Group B winners Paraguay, while New Zealand miss out on the knockout stages after claiming one point from their three group matches.

Thursday's game started in dramatic fashion with Paraguay earning a penalty in the first minute. This was Paraguay's third goal. His teammate, Anibal Vega, who scored a brace in their last game, failed to convert, as the Turkey custodian dived to his left and ensued that the South American side did not get the lead and the initial advantage.

Bouyed by the reprieve, Turkey settled down after the initial hesitancy. Kerem Kesgin scored the only goal for Turkey. Two minutes later, Blas Armoa broke free down the left wing and found Cardozo, who did well to flick the ball from behind him inside the far post.

However, good teams have a number of options to open up the opposition. Handed an opportunity to take a free-kick from the top of the box in the 41st minute, Bogado produced a beautifully curling effort which left the goalkeeper looking silly. Two minutes later, Paraguay doubled their lead. Having sensed that he had over-run the ball, Cardozo managed enough back-heel touch to guide the ball into the right bottom corner. Striker Fernando Romero was brought in for Vega in the second half, but their attacks continued to flow.

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