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Uruguay earn draw with Finland in event finale for each groups


Hosts Uruguay got here from a purpose right down to earn a 1-1 draw with Finland of their closing match on the FIFA U-17 Girls’s World Cup 2018 on Tuesday.

Taking part in in entrance of a partisan crowd on the Estadio Domingo Burgueno Miguel in Maldonado, either side performed out a goalless first half, regardless of the hosts making a shiny begin to the match.

It was additionally a contest that displayed a distinction in types, because the technical skill of the Uruguayans was countered by Finland’s bodily and direct strategy to the sport.

Shortly after half-time, Finland claimed the lead, as Aino Vuorinen struck previous Uruguay goalkeeper Agustina Caraballo with a decisive close-range end.

That didn’t deter the hosts, nonetheless, who drew stage on 79 minutes by means of a outstanding end from Esperanza Pizarro, along with her cross-shot being a attainable candidate for purpose of the event.

Pizarro’s equaliser spurred the house crowd into in search of a late winner from their heroines, however Finland withstood any extra strain, as either side settled for a stalemate of their closing Group A match to every earn their first-ever factors at a U-17 Girls’s World Cup.

Participant of the match: Belen Aquino (URU)

Shamase twins sharing the limelight in Uruguay


FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2018

“You played really badly,” Thubelihle Shamase said through fits of laughter, offering her twin sister Sphumelele a frank opinion on her performance during South Africa’s opening 0-0 draw with Mexico at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

Sphumelele accepted the good-natured criticism but demanded a right to reply. “It was my first-ever U-17 World Cup match, and the Mexicans were so fast,” she explained. “It wasn’t easy, but you wouldn’t know that because you didn’t play that day!”

Thubelihle remained unconvinced, however. “But you can play so much better – I didn’t recognise you out there. You should have scored. It was, without a doubt, one of the worst matches of your life,” she said with a cheeky grin.

This jovial exchange typifies the close relationship enjoyed by the talented siblings, who both dream of one day turning out for Barcelona. Indeed, it appears that their bond has grown even stronger while appearing on the global stage at Uruguay 2018.

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South Africa’s school/U-17 World Cup balance

  • Their staff includes a qualified tutor
  • The players spend several hours a day studying
  • Schools in South Africa have been sending exam papers to Uruguay
  • Players sit them and send them back the same day
  • The tutor spends time with each player one-on-one

Shared passions

“We can pretty much guess what the other one is thinking most of the time, but we don’t think that we look like each other all that much,” they said practically in unison, a habit they have developed when responding to questions. “We’re also better when we play together. My sister might have felt more comfortable during the opening match if I’d been at her side,” said Thubelihle.

Sphumelele added: “Our coach, Simphiwe Dludlu, told us we weren’t allowed to share a room in Uruguay to encourage us to mix with the other players as much as possible.” Same school, same passion, same ambition, same outlook on life: the twins even fulfil the same role – winger – on the football pitch, with Sphumelele patrolling the left flank and Thubelihle zipping up and down the right. In fact, one of their few areas of disagreement concerns footballing role models. “I prefer Coutinho, because he’s more effective than Neymar,” insisted Sphumelele.

“This experience may change our lives and we’re well aware of that. That can be a bit stressful during matches, but we do our best to relax before them. The way I relax is by sleeping, sleeping, and sleeping some more!” continued Sphumelele in between bursts of laughter. Her sister’s preferred method, however, is singing– a habitual ritual among the Bantwana.

(The South African team arrive singing, with their coach leading by example. Unsurprisingly, the twins get off the bus at the same time.)

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Although the 16-year-old siblings enjoyed one of the most intense experiences of their lives when they started South Africa’s second Group B match versus Japan together, they also took away some valuable lessons after coming up against the pace, organisation and attacking waves exhibited by their impressive Asian opponents, who defeated them 6-0. On Tuesday, the South Africans will have another chance to compete with some of the world’s best, when they face Brazil in Montevideo.

“The biggest lesson was really just the importance of playing more directly. We’re here to learn, after all,” explained the twins, who will – if they are, as looks likely, eliminated at the group stage – soon return home with lifelong memories to share.