Equatorial Guinea and Chile advance
Equatorial Guinea surprisingly beat Trinidad and Tobago 3-1 to book a place in the Girls’ Youth Olympic Football Tournament semi-finals – and ensure the inactive Chile, who beat T&T in their curtain-raiser, will also go through from Group B.
Avomo emerged as Equatorial Guinea’s heroine, scoring twice in the first half to put her country firmly en route to victory. After conceding late goal against Chile, Trinidad and Tobago coach Marlon Charles had urged his girls to keep it tight defensively, but they simply had no answer to the ingenuity and finishing of the gifted No9. Avomo volleyed home splendidly to break the deadlock and, in first-half stoppage time, doubled Equatorial Guinea’s lead by latching on to Nchama’s fine pass and slotting home. The creator of that goal turned scorer of the Central Africans’ third by dispatching a superbly-taken free-kick. T&T refused to throw in the towel, however, and after Presscott had reduced the arrears, Jonelle Warrick threatened with a long-distance shot as the clock ticked down. It was insufficient: the night – and a last-four place - belonged to Equatorial Guinea.
Papua New Guinea pushed forward from the outset, causing problems for Iran in the early stages. But their early dominance proved short-lived as the Asians, cheered on by the majority of the neutrals, gradually gained the upper hand through their accurate passing and fast-paced breaks. Iran playmaker Aynaz Fallah was at the heart of everything. One thumping strike fizzed just wide, before she set up Behnaz Taherkhani, who shot straight at the goalkeeper. Iran picked up where they had left after restart, and took just three minutes to open the scoring. Taherkhani was picked out by Fallah’s pass across the goal-mouth and although her shot bounced off the post, Arderstani pounced to fire home the rebound and what proved the contest’s only goal.
2 - Avomo was the first player to post a brace in the girls’ competition.
“Winning this match is a big boost for our team as we are already in the semi-finals. Thus we can fully enjoy our final group game against Chile and play good football. We can beat them, ” Felicidad Avomo, Equatorial Guinea forward.