Twelve goals for the USA as they secure their first tournament win against Pakistan
Day three of the IFA under 17’s World Cup got underway with Pakistan and the USA meeting each other at the Dundee International Sports Complex. Many would have been expecting the USA to win after Pakistan suffered defeats to Australia and Scotland in comprehensive fashion.
Pakistan put some new players into the fold for this encounter and looked a lot more organised with Hashim Khan, who had originally been playing in goal for the Asian outfit, starting outfield with Moneeb Ur Rehman Khan starting in goal.
The USA made the breakthrough, after three minutes, with Carlos Armendariz playing in Luca Scotzniovski who wonderfully chipped the ball over the Pakistan goalkeeper. Unfortunately for Pakistan, America showed their class early on in this encounter.
The same players were then involved just a minute later with Armendariz this time getting himself on the score sheet, after a great ball from Scotniovski, tapping the ball into an empty net.
America then trebled their lead in the fifth minute after a shot from Jonathan Franco had bounced off the post. Ricardo Duarte was in the right place at the right time to slot the ball into an empty net.
Pakistan could have given up by that point but, credit to them for not and for giving a performance that their country would be proud of.
Pablo Altamontes made it 4-0, on 8 minutes, before Pakistan reduced the deficit thanks to Muhammed Haseeb Iqbal slotting the ball into the bottom left hand corner. A lot of people would have been expecting a one sided encounter from America but the way Pakistan set up tactically denied the United States that.
In a game where you are expected to a get a win, it’s important not to underestimate a team based on results they have had recently and America were well aware of this after they maintained their four goal advantage with Luca Scotniovski slamming the ball into Moneeb Ur Rehman Khan’s face and into the goal.
Carlos Armendariz got himself on the score sheet once again as he slotted the ball past Hashim Khan who went in goal for a short period after Moneeb Khan came off for a while injured.
Armendariz got his hat-trick just before half time, before Pakistan grabbed a goal just before half time, thanks to Iqbal getting his second goal of the game with a tap in. Pakistan have never failed when it comes to enthusiasm, desire and commitment and this was on show during the first period.
Half Time: Pakistan 2-7 USA
Pakistan didn’t want a landslide for the third time in a row and closed down America as much as they could in the opening exchanges of the second half. The USA, however, were awarded a penalty, with the half two minutes old, and up stepped goalkeeper Alejandro Gonzalez. Unfortunately for him he smashed his spot-kick off the crossbar and play resumed once again.
The US turned on the style once again and, six minutes into the second half they were back on the score sheet to go 8-2 up. Carlos Armendariz stole the ball off the Pakistan defender and slotted it past Moneeb Khan who had since returned.
Armendariz was in amongst the act again a minute later showing his goal scoring instincts once more, rounding the Pakistan goalkeeper and tapping the ball into the empty net. In the same minute, the Pakistan defence switched off again and Luca Scotniovski got in on the act to complete his hat-trick and his contribution to the game was complete after that.
Muhammad Haseeb Iqbal got a goal back for Pakistan and, nabbing a hat-trick to cherish, after the talented forward chipped the ball over America goalkeeper Alejandro Gonzalez. This was always going to be America’s day though and they added two further goals courtesy of Jonathan Franco and Armendariz, who notched his sixth of the game.
It was a deserved win for America, who showed their potential in attack with 12 goals. Carlos Armendariz was the man to take the plaudits with six goals securing him man of the match. Credit should go to Pakistan, who were organised defensively and also really dangerous in attack, and the players and coaches should be proud of the performance.
Full Time: Pakistan 3-12 USA
Pakistan: Moneeb Ur Rehan Khan, Hashim Khan, Muhammad Ahmed Raza Khan, Muhammad Haseeb Iqbal, Nassir Muhammad, Yusuk Aloulou, Faisal Ahmed, Subhon Nadeem, Akmal Ahmed
Star Player: Haseeb Iqbal
USA: Alejandro Gonzalez, Diangelo Smith-Gleaves, Pablo Altamontes, Luca Scotzniovski, Adrian Medina, Carlos Armendariz, Jonathan Franco, Ricardo Duarte
Star Player: Armendariz