Shooting, shocks and a substitution
The impressive shooting of the Germany U-17s and a 21-year-old American feature in FIFA.com's latest statistical review, along with surprisingly favourable results for the New Zealand women's team, Venezuela and Cerezo Osaka
per cent of Germany's shots at the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup have resulted in goals. This potent finishing has proven central to them reaching the semi-finals for the fourth time in eight participations in the competition. Indeed, Germany trounced Ecuador 6-1 despite losing 15 to 20 on the shot count, beat USA 4-0 despite having less attempts, and edged England 3-2 in their quarter-final despite registering 15 shots to their victims' 24. The latter result was only the Three Lions' second defeat in FIFA U-17 World Cup history, with their previous loss also coming against the same opponents four years ago, when Toni Kroos inspired a 4-1 victory. Next up for Steffen Freund's youngsters is a semi-final with Mexico, who have managed 12 goals from 93 shots (13 per cent) during the tournament. Germany, who have netted 18 times in their five outings thus far, need just four more to equal the record for the most goals in a single edition of the tournament, set by Spain in 1997.
minutes is all Esteban Paredes required to equalise for Chile en route to a 2-1 win over Mexico in their Copa America opener – and vindicate Claudio Borghi's maiden substitution at the Roja reins. The 30-year-old forward was introduced just before the hour, with his team trailing, and he took just seven minutes to tap the ball home and facilitate his country's first-ever defeat of El Tri in the competition. Mexico had won three of the sides' previous four meetings, with the other ending all square.
goals per game is what Venezuela had conceded on average in their five duels with Brazil – all losses – at the Copa America heading into meeting number six on Sunday. That is when La Vinotinto kept their first clean sheet against – and took their first point off - A Seleção in the competition during their goalless draw in La Plata. The result also improved CONMEBOL's least-successful team's impressive recent record against the five-time world champions. Indeed, after losing their first 17 games against Brazil between 1969 and 2005, conceding 78 goals and scoring just four in the process, Venezuela have now won one and drawn two of the sides' last four encounters, keeping clean sheets in three of those. Brazil's biggest all-time victory over Venezuela remains the 7-0 tutorial they delivered in the Copa America in 1999, when Ronaldo and Amoroso scored braces apiece and a 19-year-old Ronaldinho rose from the bench to register his first international goal following two breathtaking touches.
unanswered goals is what Cerezo Osaka posted on Saturday to hand J.League leaders Kashiwa Reysol their heaviest defeat in almost six years. Since a 7-0 reverse by Urawa Red Diamonds in October 2005 – that victory remains just one goal shy of the competition's all-time record - the Sun Kings had never lost by more than four goals in Japan's top two tiers, despite two relegations. And Nelsinho Baptista's men were certainly expected to maintain that statistic in Round 14. Kashiwa had, after all, taken 13 points from a possible 15 in their previous five away matches, while their drop-threatened opponents had not won at home all season. However, goals from Takashi Inui, Rodrigo Pimpao, Martinez, Ryuji Bando and Shu Kurata earned Cerezo the joint-biggest win of this campaign and enabled Yokohama Marinos to cut Kashiwa's lead to only one point. The teams actually played out the highest-scoring game in J.League history in 1998, when Kashiwa won 7-5 in Osaka.
successive FC Dallas matches have ended with Brek Shea's name on the score-sheet, taking him level with Charlie Davies, Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry at the summit of Major League Soccer's goal chart – not bad for a man who began the campaign in defence! It was actually an injury to David Ferreira, last year's MVP, in late April that prompted FCD coach Schellas Hyndman to move the 21-year-old into a left-midfield position, and the 1.91m USA international has responded by netting 42 per cent of his side's goals thereafter. Shea's latest effort was the one he bundled over the line to put Dallas en route to a 2-0 win over Columbus Crew, which moved them just two points behind Western Conference pacesetters Los Angeles Galaxy, who, despite being held to a goalless draw at home to Seattle Sounders – it was the California outfit's fourth stalemate, and third 0-0, in five outings – extended their unbeaten run to 11 games. The Sounders' point snapped a five-match losing streak against the Galaxy in the MLS.
goals is what New Zealand dramatically scored in stoppage time to snatch a draw with Mexico and their first-ever point at the FIFA Women's World Cup™ yesterday. Having lost all three of their matches at both the 1991 and 2007 editions, and their opening two in Germany, the Football Ferns appeared destined for a ninth consecutive loss when they began added time 2-0 down. However, Rebecca Smith headed home to halve the deficit before substitute Hannah Wilkinson fired home the equaliser with 94 minutes on the clock to spark euphoria among the Kiwi players.