Ghana, Italy and Venezuela all book a place in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup quarter-finals after day three’s action.
Ghana guaranteed themselves a top place finish in Group B following their 1-0 win over Germany. Italy and Venezuela beat Costa Rica and Zambia respectively to earn a place in the next round.
Group A: Venezuela 4-0 Zambia
Gabriela Garcia scored a hat-trick to help Venezuela in their 4-0 victory over Zambia in front of over 25,000 fans.
The deadlock was broken in the 14th minute as Deyna Castellanos capitalised on a great through ball from Garcia. In the second half Garcia scored a hat-trick to seal the win and a place in the next round.
Zambia are yet to earn a point in the competition so far and unable to progress to the next round. However, they meet the tournament hosts in their final group game, a chance to net their first win.
Result: Venezuela 4-0 Zambia
Goals: Deyna Castellanos 14′, Gabriela Garcia 47′, 59′, 86′
Group A: Costa Rica 0-1 Italy
It took a stunning volley from Gloria Marinelli in the 19th minute to earn Italy a 1-0 win over hosts Costa Rica.
The game was played out in front of a enthusiastic home crowd of 25,624 fans, which saw Italy take control of the match only for Costa Rica to look dangerous on the counter-attack.
The win secures Italy a place in the quarter-finals, their final group match against Venezuela will decide who will finish first and second.
Result: Costa Rica 0-1 Italy
Goals: Gloria Marinelli 19′
Attendance: 25, 624
Group B: Ghana 1-0 Germany
Ghana became the first team to win a place in the quarter-finals after beating Germany 1-0
Chances were created at either end of this fast pace contest but it was Ghana who found the net just before half time as Gladys Amfobea headed home.
The win guarantees Ghana a top spot finish in Group B, whilst Germany’s will have to win their final group game and hope the other results end in their favour.
Result: Ghana 1-0 Germany
Goals: Gladys Amfobea 43′
Group B: Korea DPR 1-1 Canada
Korea DPR bounced back from their opening day defeat to put on an impressive performance against the Canadians.
Their hard work was awarded as Sung Hyang Sum converted one of their numerous chances created.
There was to be heartache for Korea DPR just 4 minutes from time as Kim Jong Sim put the ball in her own goal to give Canada the late equaliser.
The result means that Canada, Korea DPR and Germany will battle it out for the second spot of Group B and a place in the quarter-finals.
Result: Korea DPR 1-1 Canada
Goals: SUNG Hyang Sim 54′, KIM Jong Sim 86′ (own goal)
Key points from Day three:
Day thee’s action sees Ghana top Group B and Venezuela move top of Group A. Check out the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014 Group Standings after Day One.
Gloria Marinelli’s stunning goal for Italy could be the one to beat for the best goal of the tournament.
Ghana, Italy and Venezuela all book places into the next round.
Hosts Costa Rica’s 1-0 defeat against Italy sealed their elimination, the home crowd gave the tearful team great support to show appreciation for their good performances.
Video: Watch the Goal Highlights from Day 3 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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