Monday, 28 October 2019

FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019: Senegal smokes the USA 4-1

USA v Senegal - FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019

The US U-17’s fell 4-1 in their opening group stage match against Senegal in the 2019 U-17 World Cup. The United States actually got off to a very good start in the match. Early on, the match was open and the chances were coming. In the 3rd minute, Danny Leyva found Joseph Scally in space on the right wing. Scally then delivered an excellent cross and Gianluca Busio finished with a fine header to open the scoring.

Just a couple minutes later, Gio Reyna found space in the box and had Ricardo Pepi at the back post, but he elected to test the keeper himself.

The proceedings deteriorated for the US after that. Senegal began to slowly grow into the game with the US struggling to connect passes and struggling with poor decision making. Finally, Senegal tied the score just before the break on a simple long ball that was flicked on. Souleymane Faye then ripped a terrific left-footed strike to beat Damian Las

The US U-17s improved a bit to start the second half, but the wheels started to fall off around the 60th minute. In the 72nd minute, Senegal went in front for good after some horrible defending. Following a US corner, Senegal went quickly with a long goal kick and the US defense was completely out of position. Damian Las showed his indecision and although he eventually saved the initial chance, Senegal easily finished off the rebound to make it 2-1. Just four minutes later, it was 3-1 when Amete Saloum Faye finished off a lovely cutback pass after the US defense was cut open once again.

The American nightmare wasn’t over. More indecision defensively (this time from Tayvon Gray) led to a Senegal attacker clean in on goal and Gray compounded the mistake by pulling him back. The foul produced a deserved red card, which will rule Gray out of the next match against Japan on Wednesday. Then Senegal put the icing on the cake with a wonder strike free kick from Pape Matar Sarr in the 88th minute to seal the 4-1 win.

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