Paraguay take on USA in second pre-quarterfinals
New Delhi: There will be little margin for error but a buoyant Paraguay will still fancy their chances when they lock horns with USA in a pre-quarterfinal clash of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Monday.
They have an impressive tally of scoring 10 goals in the three round robin matches, making it crystal clear that the South Americans have a potent strike force. If their mental toughness was on display in the come- from-behind win against New Zealand, Paraguay have been ruthless against Turkey and Mali in the first round.
Paraguay are aware that USA, despite a loss to Colombia that must have dampened their spirit after a great start, will pose the biggest threat so far in the tournament.
USA kicked off their campaign with a 3-0 win over hosts India and then saw off two-time champions Ghana in an intense battle. However, they were shocked by a desperate Colombia in a must-win game for the South Americans.
Going by the way Paraguay have played, USA will certainly have their task cut out and will hope their star forward and Werder Bremen target Josh Sargent fires at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, a venue where they have already played two games. He is likely to have Atlanta United's Andrew Carleton as partner.
Then there is also Aki Akinola as well as Timothy Weah as options for USA. After the elimination of the senior team from the 2018 World Cup race, fans back home are looking up to this young lot to salvage pride and give the US something to cheer about. The pressure will be on USA.
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