Brazil reach women’s U-20 finals

Brazil overwhelmed Paraguay 8-0 to qualify for this year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with a game to spare, while Argentina beat Colombia 3-1 to leave themselves in a strong position to seize South America’s remaining ticket to the competition.

Thaisinha, Ketlen and Lucimara netted braces apiece in Curitiba, with Tayla and Giovana also on target as Caio Couto’s side moved on to maximum points from two matches in the final-phase group. The hosts require only a draw from Sunday’s encounter with Argentina to make it five titles from the South American U-20 Women’s Championship’s five editions, though Betina Soriano is optimistic La Albiceleste can upset the odds.

“Today's win was important to encourage the players,” said the forward. “We will now play against Brazil and although it will be difficult, it will not be impossible. We will be champions.”

Should Argentina lose, Paraguay would move level on points with them by beating tailenders Colombia in their final contest. In that case, goal difference would determine which team joins Brazil at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup - the Argentinians’ currently stands at +2, while the Paraguayans’ is -8.

Germany won their second FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup crown in 2010, equalling USA’s record. Korea DPR are the tournament’s only other champions.