- Tim Weah scores hat-trick in USA’s big win over Paraguay
- Andrew Carleton and Josh Sargent also on scoresheet for Stars and Stripes
- USA to face either England or Japan in the quarter-finals on Saturday
Three goals by Tim Weah helped USA to an emphatic 5-0 victory over Paraguay in their Round of 16 clash at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 in New Delhi on Monday.
The opening half saw Paraguay have plenty of possession, but USA created the better chances and led at the break through Weah’s strike on 19 minutes. Fine work between Andrew Carleton and Ayo Akinola set up the Paris Saint-Germain forward to score his first goal of the tournament.
Chris Goslin’s booking on 27 minutes means he will miss USA’s quarter-final through suspension, but that did not stop him from trying to have a positive impact on the game. The No20 went close to doubling the lead with an ambitious long-range free-kick just before half-time. Then in stoppage time, Paraguay scrambled a loose ball off their goalline to keep the score within touching distance.
USA, however, would double their advantage shortly after the break, with Weah scoring his second of the match and a real candidate for goal of the tournament. From the USA left, he cut inside on to his right foot before unleashing an unstoppable finish past Paraguay goalkeeper Diego Huesca.
Andrew Carleton added a third goal before supplying captain Josh Sargent to make it four, then Weah for his hat-trick, as USA secured their berth in the last eight and a trip to Goa to face either England or Japan in the quarter-finals on Saturday.