The Under-17 Women's National Team has achieved a prominent role at the Costa Rica World Cup. Venezuela classified as Champions of South America.
The Vinotinto advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament as leaders of Group A, unbeaten with a perfect score, no goals allowed and two of their players topping the goal scoring table. The group led by Kenneth Zseremeta became the first Venezuelan team to reach the quarterfinals of a FIFA World Cup and are now focused on advancing to the semifinal stage of the tournament to continue writing the story of women's football.
"We are already in the top eight teams in the world in this category. Now we are calm taking each game as it comes to advance in the competition. Our achievements are a reflection of our work. We have prepared since we qualified. We have not stopped during the six months that have passed and we will continue to work," said Kenneth Zseremeta.
The team played in Group A in the first phase of the tournament. The first game was against the hosts of the tournament, before more than 30,000 spectators who packed into the Nacional Stadium of Costa Rica to cheer on their team. The large fan base did not intimidate the young Venezuelans who went on to win the game 3-0.
The second match was against Zambia, a team with great physical strength that came with the pressure of having lost their opening match against Italy and the need to get points against Venezuela. Venezuela knew how to break down the Africans defense and ended up winning 4-0 with a hat-trick from Gabriela Garcia, the fourteenth hat-trick in the history of the World Cup.
Against Italy, the national team had already secured their participation in the quarterfinals with 6 points in the table, like the Europeans, who also won their first two games. This time, the team was in search of first place so as to play the second place team from Group B in the quarters. With a goal from Deyna Castellanos, Venezuela reached the goal and advanced to the second round with the perfect score.
Source: FVF webpage