The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014 quarter-finals did not disappoint in Costa Rica as Venezuela, Italy, Japan and Spain successfully battled their way into the semifinals.
Venezuela’s quarter-final win means they have progressed to the furthest stage of a FIFA world finals (men or women’s football) .
Venezuela 3-2 Canada
Venezuela became the first nation to win a place in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014 semi-finals after an action packed 3-2 win over Canada.
Venezuela scored the opening goal in the 6th minute, as Deyna Castellanos well placed shot pout them ahead.
The Canadians responded well and Sara Kinzner scored the equaliser in the 19th minute. Canada went on to take the lead in the 40th minute when Marie Levasseur found the net but the lead was short lived as Venezuela equalised just three minutes later thanks to a Yosneidy Zambrano goal.
The end to end action continued in the second half but the decisive goal would come in the 62nd minute. Venezuela’s Gabriela Garcia scored the match winner that booked their place in the semi-finals.
Result: Venezuela 3-2 Canada
Goals: Deyna Castellanos 6′, Sarah Kinzner 19′, Marie Levasseur 40′, Yosneidy Zambrano 43′, Gabriela Garcia 62′
Ghana 2-2 (3-4 PSO) Italy
The quarter-final between Ghana and Italy had to be decided in a cruel way; a penalty shootout.
Ghana made a perfect start to the match with Jane Ayieyam scoring in the 4th minute. Italy responded just four minutes later as Gloria Marinelli headed home the equaliser.
Italy were awarded a penalty in the 17th minute, the opportunity was not wasted as Manuela Giugliano scored from the spot. A second penalty was awarded to the European side but they did not convert it and the score remained a close 2-1.
Ghana never gave up and were rewarded in the 90th minute for their efforts! Ernestina Abambila scored the equaliser with a well-struck free-kick.
The joys were not to last for Ghana as Italy were the triumphant side in the penalty shootout, winning 4-3.
Result: Ghana 2-2 (3-4 PSO) Italy
Goals: Jane Ayieyam 4′, Gloria Marinelli 8′, Manuela Giugliano 17′ (P), Ernestina Abambila 90′
Japan 2-0 Mexico
Japan continued to look impressive at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014 after beating Mexico 2-0 in the quarter-final contest.
Japan dominated possession in the game and in the 12th minute they broke the deadlock through Yui Hasegawa.
One of Mexico’s best chances was an opportunity for Viridiana Salazar, but with pressure from the Japanese keeper and an awkward bounce she was unable to get clean contact on the ball.
Japan doubled their lead in the 44th minute as Sugita scored the rebound of a Hasegawa penalty.
Result: Japan 2-0 Mexico
Goals: Yui Hasegawa 12′, Hina Sugita 44′)
Nigeria 0-3 Spain
Nigeria’s World Cup dreams were ended as Spain earned a 3-0 victory in the quarter-final.
The match was played at a good tempo and their was end to end action. Spain took the lead in the 14th minute as Patri Guijarro scored from the penalty spot.
In the second half, Spain looked to be taking more control of the game and in the 58th minute their lead was doubled as Nahikari Garcia scored.
Patri Guijarro scored her second of the game in the 71st minute as she took advantage of a loose ball from close range.
Spain’s 3-0 win over Nigeria books their place in the semi-finals where they will play Italy.
Result: Nigeria 0-3 Spain
Goals: Patri Guijarro 14′ (P), 71′, Nahikari Garcia 58′
Key points from the quarter-final stage:
The quarter-final round sees Venezuela, Italy, Japan and Spain progress to the semi-finals!
Semi-final fixtures: Venezuela v Japan and Italy v Spain.
Tournament debutants Italy will compete at their first ever FIFA women’s tournament semi-final!
Video: Watch the Goal Highlights from the quarter-finals at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014.
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