After a pair of draws to start the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Canada fell to a dominant Argentina side. The Canucks will not advance to the Round of 16.Canada had its 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup ended at the hands of Argentina, as the South American side was dominant from the outset en route to a 3-0 victory.
A nervy opening few moments saw both sides have chances right off the bat. Argentina pounced on a horrific Canadian back pass and nearly opened the scoring within six seconds, and a couple of minutes later a Canada free kick bounced perilously inside the Argentine goalmouth without a decisive touch to break the deadlock.
The frantic opening continued for the first 10 minutes, with the South Americans having numerous chances at goal but only one requiring a good save by Canadian goalkeeper Marco Carducci. As the pace slowed, Canada managed to venture out of its own half a bit more, and the North American side got its best opportunity of the early stages with a 19th minute tight-angle shot from Hanson Boakai that sailed across the face of goal.
With the pace of the match slowed, the Argentines still sustained their offensive pressure throughout much of the first half as most of the play took place within the Canadian end. Several missed chances for Argentina were compounded by a handful of close calls for Canada, but the South Americans deservedly broke through just seconds before the halftime whistle as Joaquin Ibanez was sent into the Canadian area along the left hand side and drove a hard shot across an onrushing Carducci and into the goal for the 1-0 lead.
The second half started just as the opening half began, with Argentina scoring. In the 46th minute, Matias Sanchez rose to meet a cross put in after an immediate Argentine surge down the right flank, and he powerfully directed the ball into the top left corner of Carducci's net.
Argentina thought it had scored a third goal just seven minutes later, but Lucio Compagnucci was judged to be offside when he nodded the ball into the Canadian goal.
The 2-0 Argentine lead seemed to sap all urgency from the match, but both teams had a limited number of opportunities to add to the tally. Canada's best chance came in the 70th minute, when a cutting through-ball by Matthew Chow found Jordan Hamilton all alone on the Argentina 'keeper. Hamilton seemed caught between two minds on his breakaway, and his weak shot attempt was straight at the charging netminder.
Five minutes after Hamilton's missed opporunity, Sanchez scored his second of the match to seal the Argentine victory. The midfielder received a pass at the top of Canada's 18-yard box and effortlessly curled a shot into the upper right corner, leaving Carducci helpless to watch as the score reached 3-0 for the South Americans.
The result sees Argentina top the group and head into the Round of 16, while Canada finishes its tournament winless and without an opportunity to advance to the knockout stage.