Brazil and the USA played out a 1-1 draw in the second match of Group A on Friday as both teams closed in on the quarterfinal spot at the ongoing U-17 Women’s World Cup in India on Friday.
Both goals were scored in the first half, in the space of four minutes. Nicollette Kiorpes gave the USA the lead in the 33rd minute, but Carol restored parity in the 37th minute.
The result meant that both hosts India and Morocco, who face each other later in the day, will find it difficult to remain in the reckoning for a quarterfinal berth.
Both Brazil and the USA have four points after their respective wins against Morocco and India.
India face Brazil and the USA take on Morocco in final Group matches on Monday.
India lost 0-8 to the USA while Brazil beat Morocco 1-0 on opening day on Tuesday.
It was an evenly contested match between Brazil and the USA who had more ball possession as well as more shots at the opposition goal.
CONCACAF champions the USA had 57 per cent ball possession and 19 shots, out of which seven were on target. Brazil, the South American champions, had 15 shots in the match out of which four were on target.
The South Americans pressed hard for a winning goal towards the closing stages of the match but the USA defenders did a great job in defending their citadel.
In Margao, African champions Nigeria thrashed New Zealand 4-0 in a Group B match.
Amina Bello (16th), Miracle Usani (34th), Taiwo Afolabi (75th) and Edidiong Etim (90+5) scored for Nigeria.
This was New Zealand’s second defeat in the tournament as they had lost 1-3 to Chile on Tuesday. Nigeria had also lost to Germany 1-2 in their opening match.