The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team continued its impressive performance at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, advancing to the Quarterfinal Round with an emphatic 5-0 win against Paraguay before 34,895 fans at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Led by a historic hat trick from Tim Weah, the USA rode a strong defensive performance in the first half and a breakout offensive display in the second to its second all-time win in the Knockout Round and first Quarterfinal appearance since 2005. Captain Josh Sargent and midfield maestro Andrew Carleton also scored for the USA, while Chris Durkin, James Sands and goalkeeper Justin Garces anchored a U.S. defense that recorded its third clean sheet in four games at the tournament as well as the USA’s first ever shutout in a Knockout Round game.
The teams traded opportunities at the start of the match before the U.S. began to establish possession and attack down the flanks, in particular via overlapping runs from Sergino Dest. The offensive posture paid off in the 19th minute when Weah, son of former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah, staked the USA to a 1-0 lead.
From there, the physicality of the match picked up. Blaine Ferri took a knock after a tough challenge and after trying to gut it out had to be replaced by Indiana Vassilev in the 34th minute. Additionally, Chris Durkin, whose grit and hustle in midfield helped shield the U.S. backline, picked up a yellow card that will see him miss the USA’s Quarterfinal match.
The U.S. fought to halftime with the 1-0 lead before Weah added his second with an outrageous shot into the upper left-hand corner in the 53rd minute. Ten minutes later Carleton, put the USA out of sight by finishing off a well-orchestrated offensive flurry. Sargent then made it 4-0 in the 74th minute with a thunderous finish before Weah capped the scoring and his hattrick with the USA’s fifth a couple minutes later.
Colombia Vs. Germany :-
Germany were up against Colombia in their first knockout game of the tournament. Germany’s goal was under threat in just the second minute only for the danger to be averted in the nick of time. Germany opened their account through their captain as he neatly finished past the goal keeper from a tight angle. Arp has been instrumental in Germany’s campaign so far as he has been directly involved in over 70% of his team’s goals. There was further misery heaped on Colombia as Bisseck out jumped the Colombian captain to double the lead for the Germans in the 39th minute from a corner. There was almost a third before halftime but Yeboah was denied by a goal line clearance. Colombia went into the half trailing by 2 goals despite having over 60% of possession.
Any chances of a comeback evaporated just after half time as Arp set up Yeboah for a simple tap in to make it 3-0. The South Americans looked hapless and their suicidal defending was further punished by a clinical Arp whose calm chip made it 4-0 for the Germans. The remaining match was a mere formality as the Germans strolled their way into the quarterfinals.