THE DAY REPLAYED – Germany and Venezuela are through to the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016, while Mexico pipped Spain to top spot in Group A. The Germans and Spanish will now reprise their European Championship final, won by the former on penalties, while *El Tri *can look forward to a showdown with Deyna Castellanos & Co.
Those are the most significant consequences of Matchday 5's results and yet they represent just the tip of the iceberg in describing the drama that unfolded. JoinFIFA.com, therefore, as we look back on a day on which records were broken by a *Vinotinto *sensation and a 14-year-old German, as Canadian hearts broken by a team that played for 53 minutes with ten players.
New Zealand 5-0 Jordan
Spain 1-1 Mexico
*Canada 0-2 Venezuela
Germany 2-0 Cameroon
Goal of the day*Canada-Venezuela, Deyna Castellanos, 30
*If you're going to break a record, why not do it in style? That, clearly, was the attitude taken by Deyna Castellanos, who became the U-17 Women's World Cup's all-time top scorer with a truly magnificent goal. Danger had appeared minimal when, with her back to goal and surrounded by Canada defenders, the Venezuela No9 had taken a high ball down on her chest. But in one lithe movement, Castellanos produced a brilliant back-heel turn to escape her markers and, from 20 yards, smashed an unstoppable right-foot shot into the roof of the net. It was a moment of magic from a player who appears to specialise in making the extraordinary seem ordinary.
Memorable moments*Size matters in Al Zarqa
*With an average height of 170cm, New Zealand boast the tallest squad at Jordan 2016. Size isn't everything, of course; after all, Spain, with the tournament's smallest squad (average 156cm), beat the Kiwis 2-0. But today the Junior Football Ferns' superior athleticism and power was a significant factor in the hosts being swept aside in Al Zarqa. With their starting line-up on average 6.3 centimetres taller than their Jordanian counterparts, Gareth Turnbull's side had a physical advantage to match their evident technical superiority. The result was a one-sided 5-0 win in which the speedy Hannah Blake was able to help herself to three goals and assist.
*Super sub seals it for Germany
*Castellanos may have grabbed the limelight once again, but she wasn't the only record-breaker on Matchday 5. Substitute Lena Oberdorf, Germany's youngest player at just 14, had been on the pitch just 49 seconds when she put her side 2-0 up with her first touch of the match. It was, by a distance, the fastest goal ever scored by a player coming off the bench at this tournament, eclipsing Lee Sodam's effort (1 minute, 13 seconds) for Korea Republic against Japan in the 2010 final. Oberdorf's team-mate Giulia Gwinn also maintained her impressive record of scoring in every game at this U-17 Women's World Cup, a feat that no other player - not even those who have made just two appearances - can match.
*From tears to cheers for Spain
*Coach Maria Is rang the changes for Spain's top-of-the-table showdown with Mexico, making no fewer than seven alterations to her line-up. Maria Blanco was one of the players given the chance to make her first start of the tournament but, sadly for the luckless forward, her involvement was to prove short-lived. Injury forced the little No17 from the field after just 12 minutes and, by the time the interval arrived, she was still to be seen weeping and being consoled by her sympathetic team-mates. In football, however, one player's loss tends to be another's gain, and Blanco's replacement, Eva Navarro, grasped her chance, scoring the equaliser that preserved the 2014 finalists' unbeaten record here.
The stat386- The number of consecutive minutes New Zealand had gone without a U-17 Women's World Cup goal before Sam Tawharu's early opener against Jordan. The Junior Football Ferns had failed to find the net in all four of their most recent matches at this tournament, losing out by an aggregate score of 13-0. But once they started scoring, New Zealand couldn't seem to stop. Another four goals followed to give them their biggest-ever win at the U-17 finals, while Hannah Blake became the first Kiwi to score a hat-trick at a FIFA tournament since Rosie White in this tournament's inaugural edition in 2008. By finally finding the way to goal, New Zealand also left Nigeria as the only team at Jordan 2016 still to get off the mark.
* The words"Until recently, our players had only ever competed against teams like Spain, Mexico and New Zealand on their PlayStations. Thanks to this tournament, those kind of games became a reality for them."
*Robbie Johnson, Jordan coach*
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