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Brazil - Chile 1-5
Chile preserved their perfect record with a 5-1 win over Brazil, their third consecutive win and keeps them in line for one of the two qualification places. The highlight was a hat-trick by Camila Caram.Before the contest Chile`s Sofia Walbaum was given a presentation on the occasion of her 100th international cap.
The celebrations continued into the opening minutes of the game when Chile opened the scoring with a direct strike at a penalty corner by Camila Caram. Thereafter it was almost constant Chile pressure on the Brazilian goal, but the shots were off target.
Brazil managed their first penalty corner of the contest but the strike was stopped by a defender at the left post. Chile had countless chances during the half, but the combination of poor finishing and several saves from Brazilian goalkeeper Lisandra de Souza prevented any addition to the scoreline.
Chile went two up in 48 minutes from a penalty stroke following a stick chop, Carolina Garcia scored from the spot. Brazil retaliated and scored their first goal of the competition with a direct strike at a penalty corner by Thalita Cabral to bring the score back to 2-1.
But then Chile turned on the heat as the Brazilians were confined to their own defensive area, Sofia Walbaum made it 3-1 at a penalty corner switch move, then Caram added another two penalty corner goals in final four minutes to emphasis Chile`s superiority.
Scotland - USA 1-1 (Scotland 2-0 in the penalty shoot-out)
USA perhaps had the better of the possession and chances in their top of the table clash with Scotland, but the match finished 1-1 at the end and it was the Scots who took the bonus point with a 2-0 win in the resulting penalty shoot-out.
The penalty shoot-out was the first of the tournament and started with Scotland`s Nikki Kidd scoring off a post. Katie O`Donnell, Mellissa Gonzalez, Katelyn Falgowski for the USA along with Scotland`s Sam Judge and Linda Clement then missed the next five attempts. The pressure was on the Americans when Vikki Bunce scored at the second attempt for the Scots, and the additional point was secured when Michelle Kasold failed to find the target, and so the Scots won 2-0 with goalkeeper Amy Gibson not conceding a goal.
In the opening minute a Bunce snap shot forced am early save out of the American keeper. The world number 10 were then defied by a post from taking a deserved lead, Torrie Albine and then Claire Laubach beat Gibson, but not the post.
The Americans deserved to take the lead midway through the first half, they took a quick free hit on the right and the resulting cross was deflected into the net by Torrie Albini. The Americans should have reached the interval more than one goal ahead, but Scots goalkeeper Gibson was in defiant mood.
The Americans started the second half again the more adventurous team, but in 50 minutes bounced right back into the contest. At a penalty corner Nikki Kidd`s shot was illegally saved on the line by an American defender, and Kidd herself stepped up to slot the penalty low past the goalkeeper.
Gibson continued to defy all that the Americans could throw at her, while at the other end the Scots could have stolen the win with two late penalty corners, but the efforts of Bunce and Kidd were dealt with by Jaclun Kintzer in the American goal.
Trinidad & Tobago - Uruguay 6-1
Uruguay showed that they played above their lowly ranking of 50 by convincingly beating Trinidad & Tobago 6-1 to take over fourth place in the pool table.
Uruguay were four up at the interval and the game was effectively over as a contest. The opening goal came from a penalty corner deflection by Ana Lucia de Maria.
Four minutes later Ana Karina Bisignano doubled the score with a low shot at another set piece. The third came from a breakaway after a Trinidad penalty corner shot went wide, Uruguay went quickly up the pitch and Soledad Villar was left with an open goal.
Uruguay were by far the most dangerous side and added a fourth through de Maria for her second of the game just before the interval. Trinidad had couple of late penalty corners but they came to nothing.
Trinidad finally found the net when their player was taken out in the circle and Blair Wynne scored from the spot with a low shot. Despite the goal Trinidad never really mounted a threat as Uruguay won another four penalty corners, but to no avail. However, the underdogs added two more before the end, Lucia Lamberti slipped the ball under the goalkeeper and then Maria Isobel Olaso deflected a penalty corner shot past the Trinidad goalkeeper for the sixth goal.
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