Silky USA dispatch Republic of China in their final group game

December 8, 2017


The USA stormed to a comfortable victory over a jaded Republic of China. Kevin Estrada stared with two goals and providing other goals for his side.  Republic, who started the tournament well have had two defeats in two days since progressing into the semi-finals.


It was the USA who started the quickest when Devin Brown had three early chances.  Inside 90 seconds a long ball up from US goalkeeper Mateo Pena-Sanchez was flicked on and Devin's effort was diverted away by Republic of China's goalkeeper Kau-Chen Su.

A minute later, another Pena-Sanchez long ball out came off a defender for Brown to drive but it hit the woodwork. It was Déjà vu a couple of minutes after as captain Angel Iniquez beautifully lobbed ball seen Brown through for another post to be hit.   


Seconds after that though Iniquez would become a scorer after Kevin Estrada took a long range effort from the right which hit the crossbar and keeper and seen the number 11 tap in from inches.

Over the next phase of the first half it was a bit more tactical. Not too many clear cut chances for either side but the USA looking the better.

The US almost doubled their lead when Estrada on the right clipped the high ball beautifully this time for Robert Michel who's low powerful shot was saved by the keeper. This led to a Republic of China counter. A wonder one-two combination between Yu-Hui Wen and Anthony Huang lead to an equaliser. A sucker punch in the 11th minute. Huang had been rested by the Republic of China yesterday in their defeat against Australia.


The goal gave the Republic of China the confidence to grow into the contest.  While the USA had a bit more possession there wasn't a great deal of chances for either side. The USA though did find a moment to re-take the lead before the break.

Kevin Estrada was positioned on the right side again on half way and received a low, long ball from deep, he then passed to Daniel Tremillo Cazares in the middle who seen the goalkeeper rush out so pinged it back wide for Estrada who slotted home. USA were comfortable for the remaining minutes of the first half to take a deserved lead.


Half Time: USA 2-1 Republic of China


The second period started in the same vein for the USA and they extended their lead thanks to Estrada once more. There was so much space through the middle for a pass to pick out Estrada on the edge of the box. He was pushed out a little wide but managed to turn and strike into the far corner for number three.


Republic of China threatened little to try and reduce the arrears, however a half chance lead to them being caught out at the back. Pin-Han Chou's cross/shot deflected off Kevin Estrada who then motored away from his own goal in site of the other. He crossed from the left, Devin Brown laid off and Ronaldo Michel Reyes smashed the ball into the back of the net for 4-1.


With the wind out of the Republic sails, USA scored two further quick-fire goals. Ronaldo Michel-Reyes received the ball on the left and he cantered up the channel before squaring up Devin Brown on the edge of the box and had time to control and right foot finish to add to his tally.

Number six came a couple of minutes later when another one-two routine worked to perfection with Daniel Tremillo Cazares getting the ball back from Max Martinez-Mendoza to finish.


Credit to Republic of China who actually had a good last few minutes of possession and a couple of half chances. They kept their heads up after two defeats now after a storming start. They did know however that the semi-final spot was guaranteed anyway.


Full Time: USA 6-1 Republic of China


USA Man of the Match:  Kevin Estrada - He scored goals and set up a couple of others. Electric/exciting player in a talented front line.

Republic of China Man of the Match: Che-Yang Chang - Captain worked hard and tried to link some of the performances. He also ensured his side never gave up and actually had their best spell of passing in the final ten minutes.

USA Magic Moment: The last goal from Daniel Tremillo Cazares. It was great passing and movement which featured two breathtaking exchange of passes.

Republic of China Magic Moment: Their goal. It was a terrific counter in a period when they were not getting any chances of note. It was taken well.


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