Brazil Join Nigeria In Quarter Final

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Brazil joined Nigeria in the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup for the first  time after beating Canada 2-0 at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella. Goals in each half  from Paula and Thais see the South Americans progress behind group winners Republic of  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 Canada  including two new faces in defender Yazmin Ongtengco and forward Zakiya McIntosh. Brazil,  anxious to avoid a repetition of their first-round exit at New Zealand 2008, made just the  one alteration introducing Paula, who had featured for just 23 minutes in the tournament to  date.

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The Brazilians tried an effort on goal from the kick-off but the audacious shot proved not  to be a portent of things to come, with the first half a slow-tempo affair. Canada showed  themselves at times to be dangerous on the counter-attack, most notably in the 18th minute,  but Haisha Cantave was unable to provide the needed spark in front of goal. Brazil showed  flashes of quality in attack with some accurate long passes and pinpoint crosses. It was  from one such Roberta cross that they opened the scoring on 20 minutes, with Paula enjoying  a large slice of luck as her shot bounced over goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo.

It proved to be one of the few openings of the match with both teams struggling to find a  cutting edge in attack. The second half started in the worst possible fashion for the  Canadians, who made a double change at the break, as Brazil went two ahead just six minutes  after the restart through Thais. Getting on the end of a perfect pass from Glaucia, she made  no mistake with her simple finish.