14th September, 2010
Brazil joined Nigeria in the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 Womenâ€™s World Cup for the firstÂ time after beating Canada 2-0 at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella. Goals in each halfÂ from Paula and Thais see the South Americans progress behind group winners Republic ofÂ Ireland, with the North Americans eliminated from Group D alongside Ghana.
With both teams desperate for victory the two line-ups were largely unchanged, with CanadaÂ including two new faces in defender Yazmin Ongtengco and forward Zakiya McIntosh. Brazil,Â anxious to avoid a repetition of their first-round exit at New Zealand 2008, made just theÂ one alteration introducing Paula, who had featured for just 23 minutes in the tournament toÂ date.
The Brazilians tried an effort on goal from the kick-off but the audacious shot proved notÂ to be a portent of things to come, with the first half a slow-tempo affair. Canada showedÂ themselves at times to be dangerous on the counter-attack, most notably in the 18th minute,Â but Haisha Cantave was unable to provide the needed spark in front of goal. Brazil showedÂ flashes of quality in attack with some accurate long passes and pinpoint crosses. It wasÂ from one such Roberta cross that they opened the scoring on 20 minutes, with Paula enjoyingÂ a large slice of luck as her shot bounced over goalkeeper Sabrina Dâ€™Angelo.
It proved to be one of the few openings of the match with both teams struggling to find aÂ cutting edge in attack. The second half started in the worst possible fashion for theÂ Canadians, who made a double change at the break, as Brazil went two ahead just six minutesÂ after the restart through Thais. Getting on the end of a perfect pass from Glaucia, she madeÂ no mistake with her simple finish.