USA scored 5 past Paraguay in the round of 16
In a match which seemed to be equally matched, USA scored 5 goals past the Paraguayan goalkeeper.
The USA national team was playing this game after a 3:1 loss against Colombia in the final group stage game whereas Paraguay was coming to play this game after a 3:1 win over Turkey.
USA started this match with 4-3-3 formation with Timothy Weah, Josh Sargent and Ayo Akinola leading the line up and Colombia also started the match with a 3 man forward line up including Leonardo Sanchez, Fernando Cardozo and Alan Rodriguez.
The match started equally with both the teams playing possession game along the wings and troubling the opposition half.
In the 19th minute, Ayo Akinola delivered a low cross to the unmarked Timothy Weah and he scored the easiest goals he could have ever scored to give USA the lead. This was the first time Paraguay conceded first in the U-17 world cup 2017.
After a few minutes, midfielder Braian Ojeda came close to equalize the game with an incredible run into the American penalty box but unfortunately blasted the ball over the bar. This was the closest Paraguay came for getting an equalizer.
After that Paraguay kept on attacking, but couldn’t get past the American defense.
Chris Gosling came close to increase America’s lead a few minutes before the half time whistle with a shot from range but unfortunately it struck the post or it could have been a great goal if it had gone in.
Again after a few minutes Akinola came close to score a goal from a cross by Andrew Carlton along the six yard box but unfortunately it was cleared from the goal line by the Paraguayan defense and the first half ended 1:0 in favour of USA.
7 minutes after the second half started, Weah received a great pass from Vassilev just outside the box and had enough space to try a shot and it went in and he doubled USA’s lead by scoring his second.
Paraguay coach Gustavo Morinigo on the verge of losing put more men forward which opened up spaces for the American attackers to attack.
In the 63rd minute, captain Josh Sargent set up Andre Carlton a ball who scored to give USA a 3:0 lead. A comeback for Paraguay seemed impossible after this goal.
Although leading by a 3 goal margin,the Americans where hungry for more goals as Josh Sargent scored with a thumping finish with a run behind the defense to increase their lead to 4:0.
After a few minutes Andrew Carlton set up Timothy Weah his hat-trick to increase the lead to 5:0 and ending Paraguay’s dreams of qualifying for the quarter-finals.
John Hackworth’s USA qualify for their 5th quarter-finals in quite a style as they await the winner of the match between England and Japan in the next round.