Japan and Mexico draw, qualify for quarters, Brazil wins but has to leave


Japan and Mexico drew 1-1 on Tuesday to qualify for the quarterfinals of the U-17 Women's World Cup in Uruguay, while Brazil bid farewell to the tournament despite beating South Africa 4-1 on the closing day of group B.

Japan and Mexico will face New Zealand and Ghana, respectively, while the Brazilians once again saw her desire to win the women's world cup in this category frustrated.

In the match between Japan and Mexico, the Asians opened the scoring thanks to a goal by Momoka Kinoshita in the 40th minute. However, in the 63rd Alison Gonzalez equalized.

With 5 points and a balance of 6 goals, Japan qualified as first in group B and will face New Zealand, second of Group A, on November 24 at the Alberto Suppici stadium in Colonia.

Mexico, meanwhile, finished second with the same points, but one goal less, and will face Ghana, first in Group A, in the quarterfinals on November 25 at Charrua stadium in Montevideo.

For the Brazilians, who won with goals from Jhenniffer in the 50th minute, Julia in the 51st, Amanda in the 54th and Maria Eduarda in the 60st, frustration has been huge this time around.

Meanwhile, in Group A Ghana defeated New Zealand 2-0, to now have 9 points.

The Africans' goals were scored by Mukarama Abdulai, who reached now reached six in the tournament and is the solitary leader on the scoring chart.

Host Uruguay had to bid farewell after a 1-1 draw against Finland. Esperanza Pizarro scored in the 79th minute for the locals after Aino Vuorinen opened the scoring for the Europeans in the 51st.

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