Brazil end in tears despite 4-1 win over South Africa

by Giacomo Santi, AIPS Young Reporter, San Marino

MONTEVIDEO, November 20, 2018 – Brazil defeated South Africa 4-1 but left in tears the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, as they failed to qualify to the quarterfinals after finding out that Mexico and Japan have drawn in Maldonado. Before the third game, Brazil and South Africa were tied in the third place of group B with one point, while Japan and Mexico leading with 4 points each.

In the first minutes Chelsea Daniels had two clear chances for South Africa but Brazil’s goalkeeper Mayara saved both. Bruna answered by entering into the right side of the box and forced Kay-Dee Windvogel for an extra effort to save the goal.

The two teams had three more chances to take the lead towards the end of the first half with Karabo Dhlamini, Chelsea Daniels and Julia Beatriz but eventually the score didn’t change.

The second half opened with a show: five goals were scored in just 10 minutes. In the 50th minute, Jheniffer stole the ball to Holweni, shot and Brazil took the lead.

Less than 60 seconds later Michi Minnies made a desperate attempt to save Julia’s certain goal. Handball. The German referee Reim Hussein did not hesitate: penalty and red card. Julia scored the 2-0.

Even though South Africa were reduced to 10 players, Zethembiso Vilazaki was able to stealthe ball from Isadora, round up the goalkeeper and score the 2-1.

Brazil reacted immediately with Amanda (3-1) and Maria Eduarda, who scored a great goal from 25 meters with a perfect lob. She was chosen FIFA Player of the Match.

The 4-1 win was very bitter for Brazilians, because it wasn’t enough to qualify for the quarterfinals and at the end the players left the pitch crying.

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