The first round of games have been played in the 2011 South American Under 17 Championship, being held in Ecuador.
It’s goals galore as after four games, the average goals per match is a whopping five.
Hosts Ecuador kicked off the tournament with a win over Bolivia before Argentina netted four against Peru.
The next day in Group B, Brazil and Venezuela played out a seven-goal thriller whilst Colombia and Chile earned a point each.
The tournament takes a similar format to that of the Under 20 Championship held in February with two groups forming one final group where the winner takes all.
In Group A, goals from Luis Batioja and Kevin Mercado early in the first half saw Ecuador start triumphant. Opponents Bolivia grabbed one back just after half-time through Robert Silva but unfortunately for them couldn’t find a way back into the match.
Argentina top the group though after a 4-2 victory over Peru. Raziel Garcia and Andy Polo put the Peruvians 2-0 up but a stunning Argentinian comeback justified why they are some of the most highly rated youngsters in the world. Leandro Parades netted a penalty just after half-time and goals from Lucas Ocampos, Brian Ferreira and Lucas Pugh secured the victory in Latacunga.
In Group B, Brazil defeated Venezuela 4-3. As with the Argentina match, the underdogs found themselves 2-0 ahead before Brazil came on strong. In the first 7 minutes, goals from Manuel Arteaga crushed Brazil and provided a shocking spectacle for the neutral. Venezuela’s celebrations were shortly lived as Pedro Paulo and Adryan had Brazil level by the 16 minute mark. Alejandro Gonzalez put the Venezuelians in front again after 34 minutes, possibly sparking one of the biggest shocks of the tournament. It stayed that way until the 72nd minute, where two goals in quick sucession gave Brazil the lead that they’d keep tight to secure the victory. Pedro Paulo grabbed his second of the game whilst Chelsea target Lucas Piazon grabbed the other.
Elsewhere in Group B, Colombia and Chile shared four goals between them and gained a point each in their opening game. Cristian Garces got a quickfire double for Colombia as they took the lead midway through the first half. Chile were defiant and came back in the second half and managed to equal their opponents thanks to goals from Gerardo Navarrete and Angelo Henriquez.
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Group tables are courtesy of Wikipedia.