Colombia, United States advance to round of 16
NAVI MUMBAI: Colombia outplayed the United States 3-1 in a Group A match to qualify for the knockout stages of the FIFA Under17 World Cup at the DY Patil Stadium on Thursday. With this result, Colombia, the United States, with six points each, made it to the second round and Ghana, who thrashed India 4-0 in Delhi, are also through to the second round. For Colombia, striker Juan Vidal opened the scoring in the third minute. George Acosta of the US then equalised in the 24th minute before Juan Penaloza gave Colombia the upper hand after the half time. And in the 87th minute, Deiber Caicedo dug the final nail.
It was a perfect start for Colombia as striker Vidal scored in the third minute to provide a crucial lead.
Soon, George Acosta equalised. Carleton got on the end of the throw and he cleared the man on the right and gave the ball to Acosta, who slammed it into the net to make it 1-1.
After that, both the teams tried hard to get one but failed to do so and as a result the United States and Colombia went to half time with 1-1.
The second half started with both teams attacking each other. But it was Colombia which proved superior as Juan Penaloza found the back of the net in the 67th minute through a free-kick to make it 2-1.