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Argentina and Chile qualify for Junior World Cup
27 Feb 2005 08:30

Chile celebarte their dramatic extra time win over USA to qualify for the Junior World Cup
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8th Men's Pan American Junior Championship – Semi Finals

Results, Points Table, Match Schedule here

Day 1 Match Reports – part 1, part 2, part 3
Day 2 Match Reports here
Day 3 Match Reports here
Day 4 Match Reports here
Day 5 Match Reports here
Day 6 Match Reports here
Day 7 Match Reports here
Day 8 Match Reports here
Day 9 Match Reports here

Match Reports by Graciela H. Ortiz, PAHF Media Officer

Argentina and Chile sealed a berth at the Junior Men’s World Cup in June this year after winning their respective semi finals at the 8th Men’s Junior Pan American Championship in Cuba.

Argentina outclassed Mexico 5-0 while Chile need a golden goal to edge USA 3-2 as both teams advanced to Sunday’s final and more importantly qualify for the 8th Junior World Cup in Rotterdam, The Netherlands between 29 June and 10 July.

The remaining place at the Junior World Cup will be filled by the winner of Sunday’s third place-playoff between Mexico and USA.

1st Semi Final
Argentina 5 defeated Mexico 0
Goals: Argentina - Pedro Ibarra 9m 23m, Tomás Alonso 21m, Tomás Argento 40m, Lucas Rossi 61m

Mexico held Argentina to start the match, but when the South Americans opened the score in the 9th minute from a powerful corner dragged shot by Pedro Ibarra, the title holders controlled the pace and were able to slice through their opponent’s defence on the way to the goal circle.

Argentinean striker Facundo Callioni was a nightmare for Mexico's defence, with two of the three goals scored in the first half coming from that side of the pitch.

In the 21st minute, Callioni rushed through the left wing and crossed for Tomás Alonso to connect easily for a 2-0 lead. Two minutes later, Callioni again reached Mexico's circle and with another accurate pass, this time to Ibarra, who netted the third from a wonderful lob.

In the second half, Mexico tightened their marking but Argentina continued their domination, pressing their rival’s back row and denying them opportunities to move out of defence.

Argentina posted two more goal sin the second half through Tomás Argento in the 40th minute, and captain Lucas Rossi in the 61st to seal a berth in Sunday’s final.

2nd Semi Final
Chile 3 defeated USA 2 (extra time)
Goals: Chile - Alexis Berczely 40m 77m, Raimundo Valenzuela 42m; USA - Richie Jordan 6m, Patrick Harris 68m

A penalty corner goal to Alexis Berczely in the seventh minute of extra time gave Chile a dramatic 3-2 win over USA.

After the match had finished tied 2-2 at full time, Berczely converted near the end of the first period of extra time to secure his team a place in the final and a Junior World Cup berth.

It was a back and forth first half as both sides produced good scoring chances. However USA seemed to control play better than their rivals and defended Chile’s attacking moves.

The North Americans surprised Chile with an early goal in the sixth minute from Richie Jordan, who alongside his brother Daniel, was the most dangerous forward for USA.

Chile appeared nervous meanwhile and had problems playing their natural game, but they evened the contest play step by step. Though they were inaccurate in front of goal however and failed to take advantage of four first half penalty corners.

The emotions continued after half-time with both sides playing close attention to their opposition players. Chile reacted best to equalie five minutes from the re-start from a wonderful solo play by Berczely.

Two minutes later, Chile took the lead when Raimundo Valenzuela capitalised on a penalty corner rebound.

After the goal, Chile was slightly superior than USA and increased their attacks in search of goals to widen their lead. But the North Americans continued pressing before USA captain Patrick Harris equalised two minutes before the full time from a penalty corner.

Jamaica 5 defeated Puerto Rico 0
Goals: Jamiaca - Nicholas Beach 10m 30m 46m, Garcia Kelly 25m, Jerome Davis 51m

Barbados 4 defeated Trinidad & Tobago 1
Goals: Barbados - Neil Franklin 23m 61m 69m, Paul Harding 32m; Trinidad & Tobago - Kiel Murray 9m

Sunday’s Matches
5th Place Playoff: Cuba v Canada, 9am
3rd Place Playoff: Mexico v USA, 11.30am
Final: Argentina v Chile, 2pm

Final Standings
7. Barbados
8. Trinidad & Tobago
9. Puerto Rico
10. Jamaica
11. Venezuela

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