Brazil 6-1 Slovakia: Mosquito and Nathan star as Seleção open U-17 World Cup with emphatic victory
Atlético Paranaense starlet Mosquito netted a hat-trick as Brazil thumped Slovakia 6-1 in their FIFA U-17 World Cup opener.
Mosquito’s club-mate Nathan was equally prominent, netting twice, with Caio Rangel also scoring as the Seleção ran riot. Defender Denis Vavro tapped in a consolation for Slovakia.
Victory leaves Brazil top of Group A, with the United Arab Emirates and Honduras in action tonight. Alexandre Gallo’s side face the hosts next on Sunday, buoyed by a near perfect start.
It took Mosquito just 17 minutes to open the scoring, slotting under goalkeeper Martin Junas from six yards out after a mazy run from Nathan down the left.
The attacking midfielder was also instrumental in Brazil’s second goal. Put through by Caio Rangel, he was took quick for Junas, who hauled the 17 year-old down for a penalty. Mosquito made no mistake, sending the Senica-owned stopper the wrong way from the spot.
Having made the opening two, Nathan added a third Brazilian goal in first half stoppage time, finishing emphatically after some neat footwork from Mosquito. He would meet Abner’s cut-back to tap-in from close range seven minutes into the second half, before Caio Rangel gave Brazil a five goal advantage with an emphatic strike.
Victory long since assured, Gallo withdrew Nathan on 67 minutes, replacing him with Vasco da Gama midfielder Índio.
Just 60 seconds later, Slovakia got on the scoresheet, as Vavro volleyed in after goalkeeper Marcos parried Jakob Hromada’s shot.
Mosquito would, however, seal the rout for Brazil, slotting beyond Junas to complete his hat-trick.
Brazil 6-1 Slovakia
Mosquito (17’, pen 31’, 70’), Nathan (45’+2, 52'), Caio Rangel (56’), Denis Vavro (68’)
Brazil: Marcos, Auro, 4. Eduardo, Abner, Lucas, Danilo (Kenedy 74’), Gustavo (Thiago Maia 46’), Boschilia, Nathan (Índio 67’), Mosquito, Caio Rangel
Slovakia: Martin Junas, Andrej Kadlec, Šimon Kupec, Atlia Varga, Denis Vavro (Juraj Chvátal 78’), Jakob Hromada, Filip Lesniak, Nikolas Špalek, Lukáš Čmelík (Miroslav Káčer 46’), Lukas Haraslin, Tomáš Vestenický (Jakub Grič 46’)