Perfect half hour drives five-goal Spain into the quarter-finals

by Daniel Asenjo, AIPS Young Reporter, Spain

MONTEVIDEO, November 22,  2019 – Spain beat Canada 5-0 not only to wrap up Group D of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Montevideo but to oust their opponents from the top of the table.

Salma Paralluelo, player of the match Irene López (two), Claudia Pina and Eva Navarro scored the goals though 30 minutes was all it took for Spain to confirm their ticket to the next round. Their starting half hour overwhelmed Canada with an offensive game and without mistakes.

Spain also found more space than in the second game against Colombia and took advantage. They had entered the pitch as if it were a final. That is the mentality coach Toña Is had wanted to instil in her players after seeing some relaxation in the game against Colombia.

‘La Rojita’, from the start, barely allowed Canada out of their half. That superiority was turned quickly into goals. First, in the ninth minute, Salma Paralluelo has finished a good individual play by Eva Navarro on the right wing. Fifteen minutes later Irene López and Claudia Pina – three goals in this tournament – had put them 3-0 ahead before halftime.

In the second half Spain did not want to lower their march. Five minutes after the break, Irene López scored again with a powerful shot from outside the area.

In the final stretch Spain controlled the pace of the game – 66pc of possession – without allowing Canada near their goal. Twenty minutes before the end Eva Navarro ended the landslide.

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