Slick South Americans dominate Vanuatu

Vanuatu were soundly beaten by an organised Venezuela who ran seven unanswered goals past their Oceania opponents to claim their second consecutive win at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 this evening.

Sergio Cordova is now top of the tournament goalscoring list after securing a brace, while goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez also got on the score sheet after successfully converting a penalty in the second half.

Cordova’s first goal was initially called for offside, but VAR (video assistant referee) confirmed the goal as the pass in question had come off a Vanuatu defender.

After taking a 2-0 lead into the sheds at half-time, Venezuela came out determined to stamp their mark on Group B as Adalberto Penaranda found the back of the net mere seconds after the restart.

While he didn’t get on the board himself, substitute Yeferson Soteldo proved a thorn in Vanuatu’s side as tired legs tried to match the speedy attacker for pace.

Soteldo found himself with a lot of space and time allowing him to find the defensive gaps and exploit them, setting up fellow sub Jan Hurtado’s goal and playing a role in Samuel Sosa’s too.

Vanuatu put in a high workrate, especially in the back line, but the pace and stamina of Venezuela proved difficult for the World Cup first-timers to match.

With just 32 per cent of possession and eight attempts at goal, pulling a similar comeback to what they did against Mexico was unlikely, however they dealt with the high pressing onslaught well.

With a tough role to fill, goalkeeper Andreas Duch made an impressive debut despite conceeding seven goals, with numerous close range saves denying his opponents a greater tally, and causing them some frustration.

Vanuatu have one last Group B match to play against Germany, with the match scheduled for 26 May at 8pm (local) in Jeju World Cup Stadium.

Source: OFC

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