Magnificent seven for Australia as they seal their second victory of the World Cup against the USA
Australia and the USA, two nations with great sporting traditions kicked off the second round of matches at the IFA Under 17 Futsal World Cup held in Dundee. Both sides came into the contest in good form with the USA playing out an entertaining 5-5 draw with hosts Scotland and Australia victorious against Pakistan.
Buoyed by their win the previous evening Australia started brightly with quick movement ensuring a high level of possession. Despite the early pressure it was the USA who created the first real opportunity, Adrian Medina bringing out a good save from Australian keeper Seb Stankovic.
Australia responded well to almost going behind for the first time in the tournament. Quick link up play, between Patrick Langlois and Jose Atayde, led to Jared Linger directing a shot into the side netting.
Medina continued to be instrumental in the USA’s attacking play, launching a powerful drive, which sailed inches wide of the post. He was also heavily involved in the build up to Smith-Gleaves shooting wide.
Having defended solidly Australia advanced up the court and would have taken the lead if it had not been for Armendariz’s goal line clearance from Atayde’s effort.
On 12 minutes Australia were in front, Langolis slotting past the keeper to finish off a good move started by Liam Dawson.
Having proved crucial, in the opener, Dawson was also involved in Australia’s second on 13 minutes as his looping shot deflected into the net via Atayde.
The USA responded well to going behind and almost halved the deficit with Stankovic saving from Luca Scotzniovski and Jonathan Franco.
Stankovic’s stops would prove crucial as Australia scored their third moments later on 16 minutes, Mitch Dobson sending a well-placed free kick into the top corner.
With half time approaching the USA tried to find a way back into the contest and faced a combination of impressive goalkeeping, by Stankovic, and an organized defence.
Just before the break their pressure was rewarded and Scotzniovski converted a penalty into the top corner on 19 minutes.
Half time: USA 1-3 Australia
The second half began in a similar manner to the first, with Australia enjoying a high level of possession, and it was not long before a three-goal cushion was restored. Dobson showed a good turn of pace to beat the defender and set up Robertson to knock past the keeper on 22 minutes.
With the game opening up it was inevitable more goals would come and the USA got their second two minutes later through Franco.
As the USA continued to press Harley was called into action to divert efforts from Pablo Altamontes and Medina.
On 29 minutes Australia would move further ahead through Dobson’s free kick and, in turn, highlighted the importance of Stankovic’s earlier saves. Two minutes later Australia would get their sixth of the evening, Kevin Robertson knocking the ball past the keeper.
Having already scored two set piece’s Dobson converted a penalty on 38 minutes to complete the scoring and earn a hat-trick.
Overall both sides showed ability throughout and it was a contest worthy of the occasion. The USA can take heart from a display, which showed great promise, and Australia have now scored an impressive 38 goals in two matches.
Full Time: USA 2-7 Australia
USA: Alejandro Gonzalez, Diangelo Smith-Gleaves, Pablo Altamontes, Luca Scotzniovski, Adrian Medina, Carlos Armendariz, Jonathan Franco, Ricardo Duarte
Star Player: Smith-Gleaves
Australia: Harley Brown, Jared Linger, Jose Atayde, Mitch Dobson, Kevin Robertson, Matt Schmidt, Lachlan Buxton, Patrick Langlois, Manoli Papaspiropolos, Kane Pollard, Musa Kamara, Liam Dawson, Seth Telfer, Seb Stankovic
Star Player: Dobson