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U-17 Sudamericano: Brazil wins their eleventh tournament championship and a pass to the World Cup

U-17 Sudamericano: Brazil wins their eleventh tournament championship and a pass to the World Cup


Brazil became the champion of the eleventh U-17 Sudamericano Tournament played in Paraguay while losing 1-0 against Colombia on Sunday in the final date of the final round, giving them the last ticket available for Chile's 2015 World Cup.

Colombia's goal was the work of one of the most skilled players of the tournament, Edwin Cetre, at 58 minutes.

The attacker got between two defenders and shot from outside the area and thus beating goalkeeper Julian.

The Brazilians endeavored find the draw but the Colombian squad withstood the pressure, even with the disadvantage of playing with 10 men in the second half.

Despite the result, Brazil won their eleventh title in the U-17 Sudamericano and striker Leandro won the trophy as the best scorer of the tournament with 8 goals.

Brazil's title with 8 total points in the hexagonal final, was also a direct product of the scoreless draw between Argentina and Ecuador which left those two teams with 7 points (either of them able to claim the prize with a win), and Paraguay's 2-1 defeat of Uruguay, prevented the latter team to claim the championship and a pass to the World Cup while finishing in 5th place and 6 points.

Paraguay, who needed a win to qualify for the World Cup with 7 points, opened the scoring with Cristhian Paredes, a header at 33 minutes, following a corner kick.

Uruguayan Federico Valverde, one of the revelations of the South American tournament, revived the World Cup hopes with a goal from a free kick in the 54th minute.

A draw was not enough to help the team qualify for the World Cup, but at 77 minutes, Sebastian Ferreira put the final touch needed while scoring the winning goal.

The World Cup will be made up by 24 teams, and is scheduled from October 17th to November 8th in eight Chilean cities.  This tournament produced Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and Paraguay as future contenders of the world wide event.


Photo: Nestor E. Soto.