THE DAY REPLAYED – The tears flowed at Costa Rica 2014 on Saturday as the hosts fell to a third defeat in front of their enthusiastic fans and Germany suffered a surprise elimination after going down to Korea DPR.
There were smiles also as Canada turned in a gritty display to beat Ghana and advance to the last eight, and Zambia forward Chanda Grace grabbed her side’s winner against the hosts, securing the African debutants’ first ever win in the competition.
And in the case of one emotional Venezuela fan, the day threw up a whole mix of emotions.
Way to go, sis
After missing Canada’s 1-1 draw with Korea DPR through injury, Marie Levasseur made a very productive return to action by scoring both goals in the Canucks’ win over Ghana, which sealed their place in the last eight. Looking on from the stands was her twin sister Catherine, who was picked out by the camera as she enthusiastically celebrated Marie’s second and ultimately decisive strike of the day.
And the band played on
Korea DPR’s comeback from 3-0 down against Germany was the biggest the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup has ever seen and produced a vibrant response from the fans in Alajuela. No sooner had Ri Ji Hyang struck her side’s winner than a trumpet and drum band entered the stands, making the party go with a little extra swing.
Castellanos on song
Four goals and two assists: those are Venezuela striker Deyna Castellanos’ impressive stats at Costa Rica 2014 so far, which have led to her picking up not one but two Live Your Goals Player of the Match awards. The forward was on target again against Italy on Saturday, latching on to a bouncing through-ball at the start of the second half and neatly lobbing the ball into the net. Castellanos, who names compatriot Juan Arango as one of her role models, celebrated in now-habitual fashion, forming a heart shape with her hands and blowing a kiss to the stands. Returning the gestures was her proud mother, her eyes filled with tears.
1 – This is the first time that Korea DPR have ever gone out in the group phase at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Their worst performance to date came at Trinidad and Tobago 2010, where they finished fourth. This is also the first time that a Germany side has failed to progress beyond the first round at any women’s world finals.
“The girls worked very hard, but things didn’t work out for us and luck was not on our side in the play involving our goalkeeper. I also think this has been a great experience for the country as hosts, as well as for the girls, because this is the first step towards the bright future that awaits them. They've gained a lot of experience for the upcoming U-20 Women’s World Cup, and there are quite a few of them who could be selected for that,” Costa Rica coach Juan Diego Quesada.
Sunday 23 March
Japan-New Zealand (San Jose, 17:00)
Paraguay-Spain (Liberia, 17:00)
Nigeria-Mexico (San Jose, 20:00)
Colombia-China PR (Liberia, 20:00)