Group A and B action concluded with Canada, Ghana, Venezuela and Italy progressing to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014 quarter-finals.
Last year’s finalists Korea DPR suffered their first ever U-17 Women’s World Cup group exit despite their courageous comeback from 3-0 down against Germany to win 4-3. That result also meant Germany suffered a surprise group stage elimination.
Group A: Zambia 2-1 Costa Rica
Hosts Costa Rica took the early lead against Zambia through a Sofia Varela goal in the third minute, but they were unable to hold onto their lead.
It was Zambia who were going to end the tournament on a high and earn their first points of the competition. Grace Chanda scored the equaliser for Zambia to cancel out the hosts’ lead.
An unfortunate own goal scored by Costa Rica’s Maria Araya ended the game 2-1 in favour of Zambia.
The result confirmed both teams Group A finishing spots as Zambia 3rd and Costa Rica 4th.
Result: Zambia 2-1 Costa Rica
Goals: Sofia Varela 3′, Grace Chanda 8′, Maria Araya 69′ (OG)
Group A: Venezuela 1-0 Italy
Italy and Venezuela had already earned places in the quarter-finals but this match would determine who would finish top of Group A.
There a chances for both sides, notably Franyely Rodriguez’s effort for Venezuela having to be cleared off the line. Italy’s best chance was a Annamaria Serturini long-range free-kick which was denied only by the crossbar!
The deadlock was broken early in the second half, Deyna Castellanos scored after a great solo run and finish.
Venezuela’s win means they will play Group B runners-up Canada, and Italy will play Group B winners Ghana.
Result: Venezuela 1-0 Italy
Goals: Deyna Castellanos 46′
Group B: Canada 2-1 Ghana
Canada needed to win this contest for a chance of progressing to the next round, whilst Ghana had already secured a spot in the quarter-finals.
Marie Levasseur got the Canadians off to a great start, she scored a brace in the opening half.
Canada went down to 10 players early in the second half as Bianca St George was sent off and this effected the flow of the match. Ghana halved the deficit with a Sandra Owuzu Ansah goal and the pressure increased on Canada to hold on to their lead.
Canada proved to be resilient and they earned a place in the quarter-finals as Group B runners-up, Ghana qualified as Group B winners and meet Italy in the next round.
Result: Canada 2-1 Ghana
Goals: Maria Levasseur 9′, 40′, Sandra Owusu Ansah 72′
Group B: Korea DPR 4-3 Germany
Both team’s needed a win from this match to see them with a chance of earning a place in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup quarter-finals.
Korea DPR completed what could be one of the best U-17 Women’s World Cup comebacks after trailing Germany 3-0, they went on to win the game 4-3.
Despite this fantastic achievement by the Koreans, their efforts were not rewarded. Canada’s win over Ghana in the other Group B match meant they would fail to grab a quarter-final spot.
The first 45 minutes of the match gave us 6 goals! Nina Ehegoetz got the opening goal for Germany in the 5th minute, followed by.Jasmin Sehan and Ricarda Walkling. Korea DPR’s impressive comeback started on the half hour mark as JU Hyo Sim scored, SUNG Hyang Sim made it 3-2 just 4 minutes later and then minutes before half-time WI Jong Sim scored the equaliser.
The winning goal for Korea DPR came from a RI Ji Hyang penalty. The result meant that Korea DPR would finish the competition in third place of Group B and Germany in 4th.
Result: Korea DPR 4-3 Germany
Goals: Nina Ehegoetz 5′, Jasmin Sehan 12′, Ricarda Walkling 24′, JU Hyo Sim 30′, SUNG Hyang Sim 34′, WI Jong Sim 41′, RI Ji Hyang 61′ (P)
Key points from Day five:
Day five’s action sees Venezuela finish as Group A winners and Ghana finish as Group B winners. Check out the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014 Group Standings.
From Group A and Group B: Ghana, Italy, Venezuela and Canada progress to the quarter-finals.
Korea DPR experience their first ever group phase exit from a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
Video: Watch the Goal Highlights from Korea DPR v Germany.
Don’t miss the action, check out the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014 Fixtures.
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