IFA Under 17 World Cup round up: day three
The IFA Under 17 World Cup was into its third day, which meant that it was the final round of the group stage matches. Over the evening’s two fixtures Scotland, Australia, the USA and Pakistan would be battling it out to see what the final placings would be in order to determine the semi final match ups.
The first game of the night was between Pakistan and the USA with both sides looking to impress. Pakistan’s resolve had been clear for all to see, during the competition, and they had put a clear emphasis on organisation against their opponents.
Despite a massively improved performance the USA’s class, and patience, on the ball told as they went into the half time break 7-2 up. Carlos Armendariz’s individual display was particularly eye catching as he would go on to win man of the match.
The United States continued to ooze quality in the second half as they looked to increase their lead. By the time the game ended they had scored an impressive 12 goals to Pakistan’s three.
In the second encounter of the evening Australia took on hosts Scotland in a battle for number one spot in the group. It proved to be a hugely compelling tussle.
The two sides demonstrated their quality, in the first half, but it was Australia that managed to take the lead through Kevin Robertson. Scotland came close to equalizing but it remained 1-0 to the Aussies at the half time break.
Australia doubled their lead, soon after the restart, as captain Patrick Langlois scored following a well-worked move with Robertson.
However, Scotland soon hauled themselves back into the tie as Andrew Santos brought it back to 2-1.
The momentum was now with the Scots as they went in search of a second goal. Much to the despair of the home crowd that goal almost arrived on several occasions. Had it not been for some top Australian defending, and one simply incredible goal line clearance, the home team would have taken something from this game.
After they had thrown everything at the Australians, including the kitchen sink, Scotland were eventually beaten by the timer and had to settle for second in the group. For the Australians it was a perfect three wins from three, with some exquisite passages of play along the way.
So tonight brings us the semi finals as the USA play Scotland in the first game at 18:00. Australia will then play Pakistan at 19:45.