Venezuela thrashed their Costa Rican host 3-0, which puts them atop Group A at the Women's U-17 World Cup that started on Saturday in Costa Rica.
The Venezuealan goals all came in the second half through Denya Castellanos at the 49th and 52nd minutes and Lourdes Moreno in the 87th.
Although the first half ended goalless, from the start of the game the South Americans showed that they were prepared to rain on Costa Rica's parade and take all three points.
Thanks to Costa Rican keeper Abigail Vega, the teams went into the break with the score at zero.
But barely into the second half Venezuela opened the scoring after a failed outlet pass from the Costa Rican keeper. With the goal, the Costa Ricans began to get disorganized while the South Americans developed their best and most effective football. Thus three minutes later came the second goal.
Only after 75 minutes did Costa Rica try to take control of the game with some incursions against a well planted Venezuela. A powerful shot that hit the crossbar and a decisive intervention by goalkeeper Franyely Rodriguez were the highlights of the Costa Ricans.
Apart from these two plays they didn't offer much more. By contrast, they were shown up to be the most modest team from Group A with Italy and Zambia.
While Costa tried to come back Venezuela in a counterattack scored the third and final goal to silence the Nacional Stadium in San Jose, which was completely filled with 35,000 fans.
- Next match - March 16:
In Tibás (17H00 GMT): New Zealand - Paraguay
In Alajuela (20H00 GMT): Mexico - Colombia