A record breaking start to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014 in Costa Rica as 34,743 fans attended the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica stadium to witness the start of the tournament
After a colourful opening ceremony in San Jose, the competition kicked off and the opening day’s servings did not disappoint.
Group A: Italy 2-0 Zambia
Italy and Zambia both came into this match as FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup debutants. Both teams started nervously but it was Italy who were triumphant having scored either side of the half-time break to win 2-0 against Zambia.
Annamaria Serturini was named player of the match as she came off the bench to score both the Italian’s goals and earn the vital three points.
Result: Italy 2-0 Zambia
Goals: Annamaria Serturini 41′, 53′
Group A: Costa Rica 0-3 Venezuela
Hosts Costa Rica were able to keep the scores level at the break as the defence worked hard to cancel out Venezuela’s attacks.
In the second half, Venezuela broke through and scored 3 to deny the hosts a chance of celebrating in front of the record breaking home crowd.
Daniuska Rodriguez crossed the ball for Castellanos to finish before Castellanos scored her second of the game. Lourdes Moreno scored a fantastic strike from outside of the penalty area to end the game 3-0.
Result: Costa Rica 0-3 Venezuela
Goals: Deyna Castellanos 49′, 52′, Lourdes Moreno 88′
Group B: Ghana 2-0 Korea DPR
A great start in the competition for Ghana who defeated the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup finalists Korea DPR 2-0!
Ghana looked physically stronger than Korea DPR as the game went on but the Koreans created many chances but were unable to finish.
Jane Ayieyam scored the opening goal (not just for Ghana but for the whole tournament) in the 16th minute and Sandra Owusu Ansah doubled the lead in the 50th minute.
Result: Ghana 2-0 Korea DPR
Goals: Jane Ayieyam 16′, Sandra Owusu Ansah 50′
Group B: Germany 2-2 Canada
Canada started strong in their opening match against Germany by going 2 goals ahead. However, the Germans fought back to draw 2-2 and share the points.
Canada got on the scoresheet early as Jessie Fleming scored a curling free-kick in the 3rd minute. Just before hal-time they doubled their lead through Marie Levasseur who took advantage as German goalkeeper Vivien Brandt fumbled a straight forward catch.
The game quickly turned around in the second half as Germany netted two goals in three minutes! Nina Ehegoetz with the first for Germany and then Kim Fellhauer headed home the equaliser.
Result: Germany 2-2 Canada
Goals: Jessie Fleming 3′, Marie Levasseur 44′, Nina Ehegoetz 65′, Kim Fellhauer 68′
Video: Goal highlights.
Key points from Day one:
The opening day’s action sees Venezuela top Group A and Ghana move top of Group B. Check out the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014 Group Standings after Day One.
Jane Ayieyam scored the first goal of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014! Her goal gave Ghana the lead against Korea DPR in the 16th minute.
Italian super-sub Annamaria Serturini came on for injured Martina Piemonte and scored both goals to secure 2-0 win against Zambia.
Video: Watch the Goal Highlights from Day 1 of the U-17 Women’s World Cup.
Don’t miss the action, check out the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014 Fixtures.
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