Trump's trumpeteers defeat Paraguay 5-0
New Delhi: In a match expected to be a tight affair, the USA put on a sublime second-half show to completely demolish Paraguay 5-0 in the Round of 16 tie in New Delhi following a hattrick from Timothy Weah.
The USA were coming into the match off the back of a 2-1 loss to Colombia in their final Group A fixture while Paraguay had been runaway leaders in Group B winning all three of their games to keep a perfect slate.
USA coach John Hackworth started with a 4-3-3 formation with Josh Sargent, Timothy Weah and Ayo Akinola leading the front three.
Paraguay coach Gustavo Morinigo mirrored his opponent's formation with Leonardo Sanchez, Fernando Cardozo and Alan Rodriguez forming the front three.
It was the North Americans who went in front in the 19th minute of the match through left-winger Timothy Weah. Ayo Akinola drove in a perfect low cross from the right behind the Paraguay back-four and Weah was on hand to tuck-in his finish at the far post.
The USA back-four held firm through in resolute manner as the South Americans were denied a clear shot at goal.
Weah doubled USA's lead right after the break after he let one fly into the top right corner of the goal from 30 yards out after cutting to his right to deliver a stunning finish.
The South Americans committed more men forward after trailing by two at the start of the second half but it only opened up spaces for the USA to exploit on the break.
After the third goal, it was never going to be easy for the Latin Americans to come back into the match with John Hackworth-led side's defensive organization proving a tough nut to crack.