Brazil reach quarters on cruise control (0:6)
Brazil are safely through to the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005 quarter-finals after a comfortable 0:6 victory over Qatar. The South Americans dominated in all areas of the field and earned the unofficial goal of the day accolade for Denilson's glorious angled drive. Brazil thus finish top of Group D and must overcome the challenge posed by Korea DPR in the last eight.
The Brazilians went into their final group match knowing victory by a wide margin was a must, as the worst case scenario would have seen them eliminated even as 0:3 winners should the Netherlands defeat Gambia 1:0 in the other group finale. Both teams made a single change compared to their previous outings, Simoes replacing Samuel for Brazil with Qatar fielding Al Kuwari instead of Al Qutatti.
Anderson had the 15,000 crowd on their feet with a dipping drive from the right flank on just four minutes, but the effort whistled narrowly past the post. Qatar's first opening fell to Al Yazidi four minutes later.
The South Americans had seized the match by the scruff of the neck and Ramon latched onto a perfect delivery into the box, but Qatar keeper Al Mohannadi pulled off a fine save. Renato headed wide on 11 minutes but the first goal was only a matter of time and duly arrived after 13 minutes, Ramon diverting Roberto's speculative attempt into the net (0:1, 13').
Anderson and Leyrielton combined well to set up Renato, but his 19th minute shot cleared the bar. Brazil continued to pour forward and Sidnei came close midway through the half. After a quieter spell, Denilson exploded into life six minutes from the interval, profiting from a mis-hit clearance to unleash a 20 metre piledriver into the far corner and double the advantage (0:2, 39'). The Brazilians pulled further ahead in stoppage time courtesy of Ramon's firm drive (0:3, 45+2')., but the brave Qataris were not dead and buried yet and Yahya narrowly failed to reduce the arrears before the break.
Tension mounts in bid for number four
Ramon might have done better with his left peg seven minutes after the restart and Robert's long range effort flew just inches wide two minutes later. Tension gripped the stadium as the vital fourth initially refused to come, but on 57 minutes Igor produced an inch-perfect through ball for Roberto to apply the most clinical of finishes (0:4, 57'). Any last lingering doubts evaporated seconds later when Renato toe-poked home from Anderson's free-kick to make the score 5:0 just short of the hour mark (0:5, 58').
Qatar's forlorn cause entered the realms of hopelessness when Al Ehamis received his marching orders for a second bookable offence 20 minutes from time, to be followed from the field just three minutes later by Solaiman, shown a straight red for upending an opponent as last man. Anderson sealed the nine-man Qataris' fate with a fine 20 metre free-kick to bring up the half-dozen (0:6, 73'), although that was that for the scoring as the Brazilians slowed the game to walking pace for the final stages.
Brazil coach Nelson Rodriguez was a relieved man afterwards. "We set ourselves the target of leading by four goals at half-time and we nearly made it. I have to say it's been very tough going at this tournament so far."
Qatar boss Tini Ruijs' post-match commentary was laden with frustration. He said: "I was expecting a heavy defeat. If you go out to face the world champions with the wrong attitude, and then get two of your men sent off, you honestly can't be surprised. That was a catastrophe today."