Colombia football

Tanzania stuns France as Caicedo dazzles for Colombia

  • Tanzania not only scored their first World Cup goal, they also picked up a first victory
  • Linda Caceido dazzled for Colombia
  • Shock wins promise tense final round of group matches

Group C
China PR 0–2 Colombia

After the narrow loss to Spain in their opening game, it was already an all-or-nothing opportunity for Colombia against China – which made it all the more important that they had Linda Caceido in their ranks. .

The youngster is only 17 but her qualities and abilities are such that she represented her country at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica in August this year. Unlike the match against Spain, where she played on the wing, today she operated more as a No.10.

It was a tactical change that paid off as China struggled to get into the game and all the chances they created never seriously threatened the Colombian goal. Caceido, on the other hand, showed them how it’s done and scored twice to rightfully be named player of the match.

Spain 1–2 Mexico

The result of the second Group C game of the day means fans can look forward to a thrilling final in the section as all four teams now have three points. It was a game steeped in history between the two nations, who met in the final of the U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2018, when Spain won 2-1.

Mexico took revenge today to regain pride in a game that will have special meaning for Maribel Flores: after missing a penalty against China PR, she scored the first goal against Spain. “I will not be affected by a mistake,” she told FIFA+. “We are the best in the world. We believe it and we will make everyone believe it too.

Group D
France 1-2 Tanzania

Tanzania’s victory over France was the surprise of the day. The Bleuettes were the superior team for a large part of the match and were forward-thinking in the last half hour in particular, but they lacked the desire and the will to win.

“In terms of mentality, our team refused to fight,” said a disappointed coach Cécile Locatelli after the final whistle. “I warned them that they should defend from the front because we knew that if we didn’t, Tanzania would find its rhythm. But we just didn’t. I think that’s how you learn when you’re young. Tanzania played well, they fought and won the game.

As a result, not only the Tanzanian team, but the country as a whole celebrated the result: in the 17th minute, Diana Mnally, who is only 16, scored Tanzania’s first-ever goal in a FIFA competition. The icing on the cake, the players were able to share this historic moment with their families, who cheered them on from the stands throughout the match.

Japan 4–0 Canada

Japan may have won their first mission 4-0 against Tanzania, but coach Michihisa Kano’s side were even better in this game, mainly thanks to their incredible teamwork. As a result, Japan are the only nation at this U-17 Women’s World Cup to still have a perfect record, as their performances underlined their ambitions to clinch the title a second time, having done so in 2014.

That victory over Canada, coupled with Tanzania’s own triumph, brought Japan closer to that goal by securing their place in the quarter-finals.

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