Saturday, 26 October 2019

FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019: Hosts Brazil breeze to opening day win

Peglow of Brazil celebrates a goal during the FIFA U-17 Men's World Cup Brazil 2019 group A match between Brazil and Canada

FIFA U-17 World Cup hosts Brazil did not disappoint the home crowd in their Group A opener, soaring to a 4-1 win against Canada at the Estadio Bezerrão in Brasilia on Saturday night. Playmaker Peglow's two goals led the charge, with midfielder Veron chipping in a goal and an assist.

Brazil enjoyed the majority of possession throughout the match and took command on the scoreboard in the 17th minute through Peglow. Kobe Franklin's own goal gave Brazil a 2-0 lead seconds from halftime. Brazil midfielders Veron and Daniel Cabral were also standout performers, with the former finding the back of the net in the 56th minute, 10 minutes after Peglow completed his brace.

Canada's defense proved a sturdy test for the Brazilians, with goalkeeper Marc Kouadio registering a fine performance. Canada's No1 was their top player, making several deft saves to keep the hosts at bay for much of the first half. Substitute No9 Jacen Russell-Rowe's 86th-minute strike offered a bright ending to the Canadians' night.

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