NEW DELHI: A hat-trick from Tim Weah helped United States thrash Paraguay 5-0 on Monday in New Delhi in the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 pre-quarterfinal.
Andrew Carleton and Josh Sergent netted the other as USA booked a quarterfinal place against the winner between England and Japan on Saturday in Goa in some style. The loss was Paraguay’s worst ever defeat in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Ahead of the match, everyone predicted that this would be a high-octane, end-to-end affair between two attack-minded sides. In reality, it proved as one-sided a game of football.
The teams traded opportunities at the start of the match before USA began to establish possession and attack down the flanks, in particular through overlapping runs from Sergino Dest.
The offensive posture paid off in the 19th minute when Weah, son of former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah, staked the USA to a 1-0 lead.
From there, the physicality of the match picked up. Blaine Ferri took a knock after a tough challenge and after trying to gut it out had to be replaced by Indiana Vassilev in the 34th minute.
Additionally, Chris Durkin, whose grit and hustle in midfield helped shield the USA backline, picked up a yellow card that will see him miss the quarterfinal.
USA fought to halftime with the 1-0 lead before Weah added his second with an outrageous shot into the upper left-hand corner in the 53rd minute.
Ten minutes later Carleton, put the USA out of sight by finishing off a well-orchestrated offensive flurry.
Sargent then made it 4-0 in the 74th minute with a thunderous finish before Weah capped the scoring and his hat-trick with the USA’s fifth a couple minutes later.