Daz­zling Paraguay crush Turkey to emerge top­pers

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Fifau17worldcup - HT Cor­re­spon­dent san­j­jeev.samyal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: Paraguay pro­duced an­other daz­zling dis­play of at­tack­ing foot­ball to rout Turkey 3-1 and fin­ish their Group B pro­ceed­ings in style. Ten goals in three games is proof of the South Amer­i­can team’s qual­ity and Paraguay’s fire­power was again ons how. Giov­vanni Bo­gado (41 st min), Fer­nando Car­dozo (43rd) and An­to­nio Gale a no (61 st) were on tar­get to en­sure they topped the group with an all-win record.

Kerem Kes­gin got a late con­so­la­tion goal for Turkey with a fine solo ef­fort, but it was a for­get ta­ble cam­paign for the Euro­peans, who fin­ished at the bot­tom of Group B.

With Turkey’ s de­fence hold­ing firm against Paraguay’s pass­ing game, the South Amer­i­cans showed their qual­ity from the dead ball. Handed an op­por­tu­nity to take a free-kick from the top of the box in the 41 st minute, Bo ga do pro­duced a curl­ing ef­fort which left the goal­keeper look­ing silly. Within min­utes, Paraguay were 2-0 up af­ter a deft fin­ish by Fer­nando Car­dozo. As the game pushed past the hour mark, An­to­nio Galeano made it 3-0, his shot tak­ing a de­flec­tion on the way in.

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