MONTEVIDEO – South Africa crashed to a 4-1 defeat to Brazil in their final Group B game of the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Montevideo on Tuesday.
With the loss, South Africa finished bottom of the group with one point from three matches. Brazil, despite their win missed out on a quarterfinal berth as only group winners Japan advanced to the quarterfinals.
It was an even match in the first half, as South Africa's tactic early on was to play balls over the top of Brazil's defence. It nearly paid off on three occasions, with Brazil goalkeeper Mayara thwarting efforts by South Africa forward Chelsea Daniels on multiple occasions.
There were some tears after #Bantwana's final group game today. But the #U17WWC is part of a longer development process. Head Coach @Simphiwe_Dludlu was rightly proud of her @SAFA_net girls. 🇿🇦🤗 pic.twitter.com/NvRSmRuDFB— FIFA Women's World Cup 🇫🇷 (@FIFAWWC) November 20, 2018
The second half looked like a completely different game, as four goals were incredibly scored within four minutes shortly after the restart.
Brazil took a quick two-goal lead through Jhennifer's 20-yard strike and then Julia's penalty, which was converted after SA’s Michie Minnies received a red card for handling the ball while preventing a clear goalscoring opportunity.
Despite going down a player, South Africa found a goal of their own just two minutes later through Zethembiso Vilakazi, who stole the ball from Brazil captain Isadora before rounding goalkeeper Mayara and placing the ball into the open net.
However, Brazil quickly regained their two-goal lead when substitute Amanda poked home a goal a minute later.
Maria Eduarda then scored the pick of the bunch to give Brazil more breathing room, with a fiercely-hit shot from the edge of the penalty area that flew into the top right corner of South Africa's goal.
African News Agency (ANA)