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North Korea's defence too good for Castellanos, says Venezuela manager

Venezuela coach Kenneth Zseremeta (Photo: Getty Images)
by Pablo Sanchez, AIPS Young Reporter, Spain

AMMAN, October 17, 2016- Venezuela couldn’t make their dream a reality. The Vinotinto lost 3-0 against Korea DPR and failed to reach their first U-17 World Cup final in their history. It wasn’t star player Deyna Castellanos’ best day – the worst possible scenario for the South American team.

At the post-match press conference, Venezuela coach Kenneth Zseremeta said: “The match didn’t start well for us, we were not concentrated. We didn’t take the opportunity to score when North Korea defended”.

North Korea’s well-organised side was the key of the match. Venezuela tried to attack and score, but they had few opportunities.

“Women’s football in North Korea is very developed in comparison with women’s football in our country. We knew that before the match,” added Zseremeta.

“I feel uncomfortable because the girls fought a lot to be here. We don’t feel like that we lost, but we are going to continue here until the last day. We made history and we are very pleased in Jordan."

Throughout the game, the Venezuela players were obsessed with Deyna Castellanos, directing all passes towards her. But this time, the striker failed to impress. “She is just a child. She always had four North Korean defenders close to her and it was so difficult. That was one of the biggest problems of the match,” Zseremeta said.

Venezuela will play for third place of this World Cup next Friday, against the losers of the other semi-final between Spain and Japan.

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