Thursday 17 March 2022, 15:00

Aline, Caicedo sizzle as Brazil and Colombia qualify

  • Brazil and Colombia have qualified for India 2022

  • Paraguay or Chile will seize South America’s final FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup place

  • Bronze, Diani, Harder, Marozsan and Putellas are graduates of the tournament

Brazil and Colombia cruised to FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022™ places by making it six wins from six games apiece on Wednesday evening. Aline and Linda Caicedo were outstanding for A Seleção and Las Cafeteras respectively in 3-0 victories on Wednesday evening. The final South American place at the global finals, which will unfold in October, will go to either Paraguay or Chile, who will clash on Saturday with the former requiring just a draw.

Caicedo has illuminated this South American U-17 Women's Championship, and her performance against Chile today was arguably her most scintillating. The Deportivo Cali winger produced a breathtaking dribble to set up the first for Karla Torres, before scoring the second herself. Sintia Cabezas sealed a 3-0 victory in the 79th minute. Brazil have never gone past the U-17 Women’s World Cup quarter-finals, but they have laid down a bold statement of intent to rip that up in Montevideo. As well as a 100-per-cent record, they have scored 32 goals and conceded zero.

Simone Jatoba, the former Seleção and Lyon midfielder, elected to rest Uruguay 2022’s leading markswoman, but it didn’t stop Jhonson’s team-mates making light work of Paraguay. Aline broke the deadlock and a brilliant solo goal from Dudinha doubled the defending champions’ lead. A red card complicated the Paraguayans’ task, and substitute Rhaissa, after fine work from Aline, completed a 3-0 success with a rocket into the roof on the net late on. Brazil and Colombia will now collide on Saturday to decide who conquers the South American U-17 Women's Championship. A draw would secure A Seleção their fourth crown, while Las Cafeteras require all three points to triumph for the second time.

History India 2022 will be the seventh edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Korea DPR have conquered it twice, while Korea Republic, France, Japan and reigning champions Spain have one title apiece. The last two winners of The Best FIFA Women’s Player, Lucy Bronze and Alexia Putellas, starred in the U-17 Women’s World Cup. Other notable graduates include Crystal Dunn, Pernille Harder, Mana Iwabuchi, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Kristie and Sam Mewis, Alexandra Popp (2008), Ashley Lawrence (2010), Delphine Cascarino, Sara Dabritz, Kadidiatou Diani (2012), Barbra Banda, Aitana Bonmati, Deyna Castellanos, Jessie Fleming, Patricia Guijarro (2014), Jordyn Huitema, Lena Oberdorf and Claudia Pina, Brianna Pinto, Georgia Stanway (2016), and Trinity Rodman (2018).

England’s Lucy Bronze and Germany’s Dzsenifer Marozsan in action during the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2008.