Saturday, October 24, 2015 12:31 am
Guinea are home-bound after finishing bottom of Group B, recording two losses and a draw at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
They lost 1-3 to 10-man Brazil on Friday night, effectively ending their time in the south American country.
Brazil have now finished second in the group, with six points, behind Korea Republic which got seven points and ended their last group match, goalless with Britain.
Brazil dominated the first quarter of their match against Guinea. And the pressure they mounted paid off, when Guinea’s goalkeeper Moussa Camara took out the No7 with a sliding challenge, conceding a penalty and picking up a yellow card for his troubles along the way.
Lincoln stepped up to the spot and fired it straight down the middle to put A Seleção in front 1-0.
Yamadou Toure came close to equalising for Guinea, but his shot from the top of the box was well saved at Juliano’s near post. Brazil’s goalscorer turned provider in the 33rd minute with a fine free-kick that found Leandro unmarked who headed home comfortably from six yards.
Brazil’s Lincoln was however shown a straight red card just before the end of the first half, leaving his team-mates a man down to defend their 2-0 lead for the final 45 minutes. Guinea came out strong in the second half, nearly scoring early on if not for more good work from Juliano, who was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers.
Brazil put the match out of reach, however, after a quick counter-attack and an unfortunate missed clearance by Moussa Soumah enabled Arthur to score on an empty net to put A Seleção ahead 3-0.
Guinea, to their credit, kept challenging to find a way back into the game and Morlaye Sylla pulled one back with a fine effort from the top of the box, but it was too little too late for the African side.
Brazil’s opponent in the Round of 16 will be the second-place finisher in Group F.