Bazalar fires Peru to victory over hosts
A fortuitous strike by Peruvian midfielder Carlos Bazalar earned his side all three points against the hosts in their opening Group A game of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007 this Saturday at the Suwon Sports Complex.
After a slow start, in which neither side risked too much, Peru gradually seized the initiative and capped their dominance with a most unusual goal by Bazalar. The midfielder got on the end of a measured cross with a diving header, only for his effort to come back off the post, strike him again while on the ground and end up in the back of the net. Spurred into action, the hosts did everything in their power to find a way back into the game, but it was not to be.
After the break, Peru camped for long periods in defence and looked to hit their opponents on the break, leaving the home side to go all out in attack. Their clearest chance to equalise came on 75 minutes, when striker Ui Beom Kim failed to convert a one-on-one with the Peruvian keeper. In the break that followed, Reimond Manco got through only to be upended by Yong Su Han, who was shown the red card for the challenge. With that any hopes the locals had of staging a comeback disappeared.