Sunday, 27 October 2019

FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019: Angola triumph in World Cup debut

Players of Angola celebrate the victory after the FIFA U-17 Men's World Cup Brazil 2019 group A match against New Zealand

Angola's debut match at the FIFA U-17 World Cup™ turned into their first-ever tournament win, 2-1 over New Zealand at the Estadio Bezerrao Saturday night. A sixth-minute goal from Zini invigorated the African side, and they were able to overcome the All Whites' 54th-minute equaliser by forcing an own goal six minutes later.

It was a remarkable evening for the Palanquinhas in Brasilia. Their explosive play in wide areas and determination separated them from their competition. Midfielder Zini scored the single goal credited to Angola, while the left-footed Zito – who plays on the right wing – became a nightmare for New Zealand defenders as the match wore on.

The Oceania champions found themselves up against a physically and technically skilled Angola bunch, and only in select moments were they able to take control of the match. Their best came from forward Matthew Garbett, who produced a savvy nutmeg en lieu to netting the All Whites' lone goal.

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