Paraguay out­class Turkey 3-1, top Group B

Millennium Post - - SPORT -

NAVI MUM­BAI: Paraguay con­tin­ued to shine and recorded their third win on the trot when they thrashed a strug­gling Turkey 3-1 in a Group B match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Thurs­day.

With this win, the South Amer­i­can side topped the pool with nine points.

Ear­lier, they had de­feated Mali, one of the ti­tle con­tenders, 3-2, and New Zealand 4-2, at the D Y Patil sta­dium.

Gio­vanni Bo­gado (41st minute), Fer­nando Car­dozo (43rd) scored in the first half for Paraguay, while An­to­nio Galeano (61st) struck their third goal af­ter the break to seal a thump­ing win.

Paraguay took the lead af­ter miss­ing a penalty.

Bo­gado opened the scor­ing with a free-kick — the mid- fielder curled the ball from the spot and it zoomed into the left cor­ner of the goal post, giv­ing the Turkey cus­to­dian no chance. Two min­utes later, a back-heal from Car­dozo did the trick for Paraguay, who went 2-0 up. On a cross from Blas Aroma, Car­dozo dis­played ex­cep­tional skills and flicked the ball with his left foot, which went past the goalie.

Bo­gado took a cor­ner which was blocked by Turkey’s de­fence, and Galeano shot out­side the box, which de­flected off Melih Gokci­men and went to the bot­tom right cor­ner of the goal, as their keeper stood on his spot. This was Paraguay’s third goal.

In the sec­ond minute, Paraguay failed to con­vert a penalty, awarded af­ter Turkey’s Emirhan Civelek brought down Amora. His team­mate, Ani­bal Vega, failed to con­vert, as the Turkey cus­to­dian dived to his left and en­sued that the South Amer­i­can side did not get the lead and the ini­tial ad­van­tage.

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