Barbados Under-17s bow out
LA CHORRERA, Panama – Barbados were eliminated from the 2013 CONACAF Under-17 football championships after suffering a 2-0 defeat against Panana on Wednesday night.
Ervin Zorrilla scored two goals – once in each half – to lift the hosts to a win over that lifted them into the quarterfinals.
The victory gave Los Canaleros (1-0-1, four points) the Group A title as idle Jamaica (0-0-2, two) also qualified for the knockout round. Barbados (0-1-1, one) were eliminated from the competition.
In the first game of the doubleheader at Estadio Agustin Muquita Sanchez, Canada draw Costa Rica with 1-1, in a Group B encounter, to reach the quarterfinals as well.
Zorrilla sent the host team into the lead with a goal in the 24th minute. He turned on his defender in the penalty area, cut back onto his left foot and finished past goalkeeper Keon Harding at the near post from eight yards out.
The Panamanian struck again in the 79th minute on a great solo effort to give the hosts some breathing room. Zorrilla beat his man on the left side before firing the ball into the roof of the net at the near post for a 2-0 advantage.
Panama held on the rest of the way to move closer to qualifying for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup
The quarterfinals will be held on Saturday and Sunday, with the four winners qualifying for the Under-17 World Cup, which will be played in the United Arab Emirates from October 17 to November 8. (CONCACAF/HG)