Victor Gabriel scored the first ever goal of the first edition of the BRICS U-17 Football Tournament as the Brazil U-17 National Team clinched their first win of the tournament defeating China 2-0 to grab three points at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa today (October 5, 2016).
Gabriel tapped home a cross from the right flank in the first minute itself to give Brazil the advantage, and set the tone for the remainder of the match – Brazil attacking, China defending. Defender Vitor Matos’s goal in the second half all but secured the win for Brazil as Carlus Amadeu’s team take the pole position in the group.
Although China tried to stop the Brazilian attacking juggernaut, Wen Zhijun’s team could only drop deep in their defensive half in hopes of Brazil fluffing opportunities infront of goal. And that did happen.
In the 29th minute, Paul Sampaio dazzled past the Chinese defence line but could only rattle the woodwork with a ferocious shot. Seven minutes later, medio Vinicius Oliviera tried to double Brazil’s lead but failed to apply the finishing touch as the half-time scoreline read 1- 0in Brazil’s favour.
Despite pushing for some breathing space, the Brazilians fell prey to complacency in midfield as China enjoyed a healthy share of possession in the early minutes of the second half. In the 65th minute however, Brazil scored against the run of play as Vitor Matos headed the ball home to double Brazil’s lead.
The Brazilian defence stood strong to see out the match as the full-time scoreline read 2-0 in Brazil’s favour.
(Report & Photo courtesy: AIFF Media)