FIFA U-17 World Cup (Day 7): African champions Mali finish second in group B while Paraguay claim top spot after Turkey thrashing

Mali Vs. New Zealand :-
 
Wednesday’s result sees them finish second behind Group B winners Paraguay, while New Zealand miss out on the knockout stages after claiming one point from their three group matches.
 
The Eaglets dominated proceedings at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, hitting the woodwork on two occasions during the contest, and deservedly took the lead through Salam Jiddou’s excellent strike on 18 minutes. Djemoussa Traore played the ball back into the path of the midfielder, whose first-time finish found the top corner of the New Zealand goal
 
Traore was a constant threat down the left for Mali, and five minutes after the break, he doubled the African side’s lead with a fine curling effort into the far corner of the net.
 
It looked like Mali were on course to a comfortable win, but New Zealand had other ideas on 72 minutes, as substitute Charles Spragg headed home an Elijah cross to halve the deficit.
 
However, any hopes that the Oceania side had of a comeback ended ten minutes later, as Lassana N’Diaye scored his third goal of the tournament when he knocked home Fode Konate’s searching low cross on the break to seal victory for the Mali. 
 
Paraguay Vs. Turkey :-
 
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 Under-17 World Cup in Navi Mumbai, on Thursday.
 
With this win, the South American side topped the pool with nine points.
 
Bogado opened the scoring with a free-kick — the midfielder 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 10th minute, Turkey had a chance to take go ahead, but a header from their striker Malik Karaamhet was easily saved by Paraguay goalkeeper Diego Huesca.
 
In the 15th minute, off a brilliant pass, Vega shot above the bar, even as both sides seemed eager to open their account.
 
A small break for Paraguay helped them bring back their aggression, which was missing in the first 35 minutes of play.
 
The South Americans surely did not miss their star players, Alan Rodriquez and Leonardo Sanchez, as the others chipped in.
 
Throughout the game, Turkey had their chances but, on most occasions, their players shot above the bar or wide or it was saved by the Paraguay goalkeeper.
 
It was only in the additional time of the second half, that Turkey’s Kerem Kesgin dribbled past the opposition defenders and scored, which reduced the margin of defeat.

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