U-17 WWC: Mexico falls to Venezuela in quarterfinals

Mexico's Jimena Lopez (green jersey) tries to block a pass by Deyna Castellanos of Venezuela during their FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup quarterfinal on October 12, 2016 in Amman, Jordan. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

AMMAN, Jordan – Jazmin Enrigue put Mexico in front, but Deyna Castellanos scored two goals to lift Venezuela to a 2-1 win in the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday at Amman International Stadium.

The narrow loss was the Tricolor’s first in four games, but it eliminated the only CONCACAF side to advance past the group stage.

Mexico went ahead 1-0 in unusual fashion in the 34th minute. Off a short, right-sided corner kick, Jacqueline Ovalle lofted a cross into the box, which was headed nearly straight down by Kimberly Rodriguez. The ball hit off the left heel of an unknowing Enrigue, who was behind Venezuela defender Sandra Luardo, and skipped into the right-side netting.

The lead was short-lived as Castellanos equalized one minute later, running onto a long ball from Yerliane Moreno and cutting inside a defender, before curling inside the far post from 16-yards out.

Castellanos netted what proved to be the game-winner in the 39th minute on her fifth goal of the tournament. After running onto Moreno’s penetrating pass, the 17-year-old forward took a touch around charging Mexican goalkeeper Miriam Aguirre and slotted a shot with her right foot from 14 yards into an open net.

Mexico, which finished atop Group A, had a chance for the equalizer in the second half, when Ovalle slipped behind her defender, only for her attempt from 17-yards out to be saved by diving Venezuela goalkeeper Nayluisa Caceres.


2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup - Quarterfinals

October 12, 2016: Amman International Stadium – Amman, Jordan (Att: 856)

Mexico-Venezuela 1-2 (1-2)

Jazmin Enrigue 34’ / Deyna Castellanos 35’; 39’

Mexico: Miriam Aguirre; Ashley Soto (Reyna Reyes 46’), Jazmin Enrigue, Kimberly Rodriguez, Jimena Lopez (Celiana Torres 83’), Dayana Cazares, Alexia Delgado, Daniela Espinosa, Montserrat Hernandez (Gabriela Juarez 57’), Jacqueline Ovalle (Gabriela Juarez 72’), Luisa Delgado (Mia Villegas 64’). Head Coach: Christopher Cuellar

Venezuela: Nayluisa Caceres; Veronica Herrera, Hilary Vergara, Sandra Luzardo, Iceis Briceno, Gladysmar Rojas, Dayana Rodriguez, Deyna Castellanos, Yerliane Moreno, Heliamar Alvarado, Maria Cazorla (Jeismar Cabeza 84’). Head Coach: Kenneth Zsermeta

R: Anastasi Pustovoitova (Russia); AR1: Ekaterina Kurochkina (Russia); AR2: Oleksandra Ardasheva (Ukraine); 4th: Hyeon Jeong Oh (Korea Republic)