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Venezuela seeks a ticket to semifinals against Canada

Venezuela seeks a ticket to semifinals against Canada

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on March 27, 2014

The Venezuelan U -17 women's team wants to continue making history in Costa Rica, where will play quarterfinals against Canada this Thursday.

After razing the group stage with three wins -against Costa Rica (2-0), Zambia (4-0) and Italy (1-0)- the girls hope to celebrate a triumph that sorts them into the semifinals of the World Cup.

Under the direction of the Panamanian Kenneth Zseremeta, the team has become one of the most feared of the tournament. "We are going step by step, we're all calm and focused," said Jose Catoya, their technician assistant.

“We want to keep moving forward. We are not afraid because we set our minds to play six games in the World Cup“, stated Emmanuel Joseph, another member of the coaching staff.

"Canada will be a very tough team, but these girls are ready for anything," Joseph continued on the difficult match against the North Americans, who are also unbeaten in the competition after defeating Ghana (2-1) and a draws against Germany (2-2) and North Korea (1-1).

“In those games, Canada proved to have good ball handling, with talented players and speed. It is a team that plays at a low pace, depth and crossing the lines. They have players with a lot of skill, with the style of CONCACAF. We cannot fall into their game, we must be strong and decisive, we must keep our game from the first matches and our forcefulness," sustained Joseph.

For her part, the Canadian coach Beverly Priestman said they will be careful against Venezuela. "We cannot take this game lightly. They are strong," said Priestman to boxscorenews.com.

“We need to have a good plan to be victorious because Venezuela has a good team and proved it. We must calm down. We have a team that never gives up and I am very proud of them," she concluded.

Meanwhile, Juan Arango, captain of Venezuela, wished luck to the U -17 Women’s team. "The heart of Venezuelans is with you girls. Thanks for giving that joy by classifying to quarters," Arango wrote on his Twitter account (@Arango_18). “And of course I have to say congratulations to my ward Deyna Castellanos, her godfather Juan Arango is very proud of her," he added.

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