AMMAN, October 12, 2016 – With two goals and an incredible performance from striker Deyna Castellanos, title-contenders Venezuela beat 2-1 Mexico and advanced to the semifinals of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan.
Under scorching 29C sun, Amman International Stadium dressed up to receive "La Vinotinto" and "Mini Tri". In the 10th minute, Forward Yerliane Moreno created the first chance for the team led by Kenneth Zseremeta, while captain Deyna Castellanos warned of what was to come with a shot that ended up going off the post. In the 19th minute, Mexico’s Jacqueline Ovalle also had a clear opportunity to score.
Mexico started pressing well and left Castellanos without space. Just as Venezuela seemed to have regained control of the game, a defensive mistake after a corner-kick allowed Mexican defender Jazmín Enrigue to score with a header that slightly deflected in Venezuela’s Sandra Luxardo in the 34th minute.
The Vinotinto however did not rest for a second and got the equalizer just one minute later, when Castellanos brilliantly found space between two defenders and smashed the ball home past Cáceres’s far post. The match was decided in the 39th minute when Castellanos received another assist from Yerliane Moreno and took a powerful shot to put her team ahead and ultimately into the semifinals.
Mexico tried to equalize with powerful shots from Jacqueline Ovalle and Jimena López in the second half, but Venezuela´s goalkeeper Nayluisa Cáceres did a great job to prevent the game from going to extra time.
Venezuela will now face the winner of the match between North Korea and Ghana. Suspended pacey forward María Cazorla will miss the game however due to yellow cards. With this result, the South Americans seek to improve their fourth place earned at the previous World Cup, in Costa Rica in 2014.