25 October 2023 | in University World Cup Football
Pace was the story as Kenyatta University (KEN) took on Paulista University (BRA) for top spot in Group B.
In one of the fastest paced games of the tournament, Kenyatta University of Kenya, and Brazil’s Paulista University met at the Jinjiang Economic Development Zone Stadium. Just eleven minutes into the match, precision passing by Paulista led to João Pedro Colares de Oliveira setting up João Vitor Guimaraes to give them an early 1-0 lead. An opportunity to build the lead on a penalty kick came minutes later but Vinicius Soares was thwarted by the right hand of Kenyatta keeper Theophilus Magina who deflected the attempt off the post. Kenyatta knotted the match at one nearly 20 minutes into the second half after Maxwell Otieno’s shot was blocked but saw the ball land on the foot of teammate Michael Amwayi who fired it past Paulista keeper Diego Rodrigues Silva. Despite Kenyatta’s wide attacking style that pressed the Brazilians, it would be Paulista’s Luan Carvalho de Lima who burst past his defender and on a two-on-one set up Matheus Soares Mascimento for the game winner. With the win Paulista wins Group B with four points, while Kenyatta finishes second with three.
University of Auckland’s (NZL) Kieran Deegan contests a ball against University of the Republic (URU) keeper Joaquin Garcia Marquez.
New Zealand’s University of Auckland opened the scoring, off the boot of Tasuku Yoneto, 33 minutes in against the defending FISU University World Cup champions University of the Republic (UdelaR) of Uruguay. However, it would be a late half red card that turned the tide of the match as Auckland keeper Nathan Garrow was sent off for a handball outside the box. Substitute Michael Moloney immediately faced a Fabian Machado penalty kick that he capitalized on to make it 1-1. Later in first half stoppage time, hesitation by both Moloney and Auckland defender Kieran Deegan led to a ball deflecting to Agustin Santana who scored to give UdelaR a sudden 2-1 lead. These two speedy sides did not give a lot of chances in the second half but the Uruguayans did see Joaquin Garcia Azpiroz split two defenders before being taken down for a penalty kick. He would step up to bury UdelaR’s third goal. Auckland could not close the deficit, falling 3-1 and ending their hopes at a quarterfinal berth. With the win, University of the Republic will move on to the knockout stage.
Sportsmanship between State University of Trade and Economics (UKR) and Myongji University (KOR).
With both teams having secured their place in the quarter finals courtesy respective wins over Western Sydney University, Myongji University of Korea and Ukraine’s State University of Trade and Economics (SUTE) met in Group D action. An unmarked Oleksandr Savchuk scored his second goal of the tournament after a save on a free kick spilled to him at the goal line, giving SUTE a 1-0 lead 28 minutes in. Just prior to half, Lee Kyeore sent in a cross that SUTE couldn’t handle and Go Gunhyuk sent the equaliser through the legs of keeper Arsenii Korkodym. The eventual game winning goal came in the 77th minute as Artem Strilets got free behind the Myongji defence and sent a cross across the face of goal that was volleyed in by Vitalii Varianyk. The win secured first place in Group D for SUTE who, along with Myongji, will now await their quarterfinal opponent.
Li Qianchi of Myongji University (KOR) in blue battles with Cristian-D?nut Mitre of West University of Timisoara (ROU).
Coming off a loss to University of la Matanza (UM), Romania’s West University of Timisoara (WUT) needed a win over Hohai University from China to move on to the quarterfinals. However, this tightly contested, defensive battle only saw two shots on goal, both by WUT, and neither of those got past Hohai keeper Sun Jin. One of their best chances came in the 90th minute on a free kick just beyond the box that sailed just over the crossbar off the foot of Andrei-Robert Olaru. The 0-0 draw means Hohai takes top spot in Group A, Matanza claims second, and WUT will move to the qualification round.
Results of the Day
Kenyatta University (KEN) – Paulista University (BRA) 1:2 (0:1)
Guimaraes (11’, 0-1), Amwayi (63’, 1-1), Nascimento (82’, 1-2)
University of the Republic (URU) – University of Auckland (NZL) 3:1 (2:1)
Yoneto (33’, 0-1), Machado (45’+2 PK, 1-1), Santana (45’+4, 2-1), Garcia Azpiroz (62’, 3-1)
Myongji University (KOR) – State University of Trade and Economics (UKR) 1:2 (1:1)
Savchuk (28’, 0-1), Go (44’, 1-1), Varianyk (77’, 1-2)
Hohai University (CHN) – West University of Timisoara (ROM) 0:0 (0:0)
Written by Doug McLean