• Friday Mar 28, 2014

    U-17 WWC: Venezuela eliminates Canada in thriller

    Venezuela's Veronica Herrera (left) and Sarah Stratigakis of Canada battle for the ball during their FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup quarterfinal at the Estadio Nacional on March 27, 2014, in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Venezuela became the first team from South America to advance to the semifinals of a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup after defeating Canada 3-2 on Thursday at the Estadio Nacional.

    Gabriella Garcia broke a 2-2 tie in the 62nd minute with her fourth goal of the tournament, giving the Venezuelans their fourth consecutive victory.

    In an entertaining quarterfinal, Venezuela grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 6th minute.  Garcia rambled into the left side of the box and passed to Deyna Castellanos in the middle, who beat goalkeeper Rylee Foster from eight-yards out.

    Canada responded in determined fashion and went ahead 2-0.

    In the 19th minute, Marie Levasseur made a strong run into the right side of the Venezuelan box and squared a ball that the unmarked Sarah Kinzer slotted home with her left foot for the equalizer.

    The CONCACAF runner-up struck again in the 40th minute as Levasseur collected a through ball and raced into the right side of the box.  Her seemingly tame effort from 12-yards out eluded goalkeeper Franyely Rodriguez to find the far-side netting.

    Three minutes later, Yosneidy Zambrano was released down the right for a breakaway.  After dribbling 30 yards, she blasted a shot over Foster’s right shoulder to make it 2-2.

    Garcia netted the game-winner in the 62nd minute, fighting off a trio of Canadian defenders on the goal line and beating Foster at the right post from a sever angle. 

    NOTES:  Four players on Canada’s roster are age-eligible for the next under-17 event in two years … Venezuela also defeated another CONCACAF team – host Costa Rica – earlier in the tournament, 3-0.

  • Champions League



RELATED NEWS YOU'LL LIKE

Gold Cup groups, schedule unveiled

Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 21 at 10 a.m. local time in all markets

CONCACAF and CONMEBOL Announce Agreement to Bring Copa America 2016 to the United States

Centennial Cup America Will Be Most Important Sporting Event in U.S. in Decades

Champions League 2013-2014 Championship

Mexico vs Canada Highlights

Mexico vs Canada Highlights

2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals Schedule Set

Eight teams will battle for a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2014