Daz­zling Paraguay crush Turkey to emerge Gr B top­pers

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Fifau17worldcup - San­j­jeev K Samyal san­j­jeev.samyal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: WITH TURKEY’S DE­FENCE HOLD­ING FIRM AGAINST PARAGUAY’S PASS­ING GAME, THE SOUTH AMER­I­CANS SHOWED THEIR QUAL­ITY FROM THE DEAD BALL

Paraguay pro­duced an­other daz­zling dis­play of at­tack­ing foot­ball to rout Turkey 3-1 and fin­ish their Group B pro­ceed­ings in style at the DY Patil Sta­dium on Thurs­day.

Ten goals in three games is proof of the South Amer­i­can team’s qual­ity and Paraguay’s tremen­dous fire­power was again on show at the Navi Mum­bai ground.

Giov­vanni Bo­gado (41st min), Fer­nando Car­dozo (43rd) and An­to­nio Galeano (61st) were on tar­get to en­sure they topped the group with an all-win record. They had beaten Mali (3-2) and New Zealand (4-2).

Kerem Kes­gin got a late con­so­la­tion goal for Turkey with a fine solo ef­fort, but it was a for­get­table cam­paign for the Euro­peans, who fin­ished at the bot­tom of Group B. Turkey lost 3-0 to Mali and New Zealand held them to a 1-1 draw.

Thurs­day’s game started in dra­matic fash­ion with Paraguay earn­ing a penalty in the first minute. But Ani­bal Vega wasted the op­por­tu­nity with goal­keeper Berke Ozer eas­ily sav­ing the spot kick to his left.

Bouyed by the re­prieve, Turkey set­tled down af­ter the ini­tial hes­i­tancy. To counter the sharp Paraguay at­tack, Turkey mid­field­ers Sefa Ak­gun, Kerem Kes­gi­nand and Yunus Ak­gun slowed the pace of the game. Their tac­tics to keep pos­ses­sion by rolling the ball in the mid­field helped keep Paraguay’s Ani­bal Vega, Fer­nando Car­dozo and Blas Ar­moa at bay.

PRISING OPEN TURKEY

How­ever, good teams have a num­ber of op­tions to open up the op­po­si­tion. 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 41st minute, Bo­gado pro­duced a beau­ti­fully curl­ing ef­fort which left the goal­keeper look­ing silly.

Within min­utes, Paraguay were 2-0 up af­ter a deft fin­ish by Fer­nando Car­dozo. Blas Ar­moa col­lected a di­ag­o­nal played from the cen­tre of the park and raced in from the left to set-up Car­dozo, who pulled off a de­lec­ta­ble back heel past the cus­to­dian.

The two finely taken goals late in the first ses­sion helped Paraguay take con­trol and they could af­ford to ex­per­i­ment. Striker Fer­nando Romero was brought in for Vega in the sec­ond half, but their at­tacks con­tin­ued to flow. As the game pushed past the hour mark, An­to­nio Galeano made it 3-0, his shot tak­ing a de­flec­tion on the way in.

AP

Gio­vanni Bo­gado cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing a goal.

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