Paraguay humble Turkey to top Group A

Elias Hubbard
October 12, 2017

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 Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup at Navi Mumbai on Thursday. With Turkey's defence holding firm against Paraguay's passing game, the South Americans showed their quality from the dead ball. This was Paraguay's third goal.

The two finely taken goals late in the first session helped Paraguay take control and they could afford to experiment.

The South American team registered its third consecutive victory and sealed the top spot.

Paraguay, even though were already ensured of a berth in the second round, were hungry for goals from the beginning.

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.

First, Bogado scored with a lovely free-kick from 25 yards that curled over the wall and in off the underside of the bar.

This opened another scoring opportunity two minutes later when Fernando Cardozo flicked in a pass from Blas Armoa from the left, catching the Turkish goalkeeper Berke Ozer off-guard.

Inside the first 10 minutes, Turkey had a chance on target when Malik Karaahmet took a cross from the left flank Recep Gul and headed straight into Paraguay goalkeeper Diego Huesca's hands.

Assured of qualification for the next round, Paraguay had rested three players under yellow-card sanctions, including striker Alan Rodriguez.

Paraguay, as Group B topper, will play their pre-quarterfinal in New Delhi on October 16 (8pm). While Paraguay will face one of the four better third-place finishers, Mali will take on second-placed team from Group F.

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