Weah hat-trick-buoyed United States pummel Paraguay

Paraguay players celebrate after scoring a goal during the group stage football match between Turkey and Paraguay in the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the

Weah hat-trick-buoyed United States pummel Paraguay

If their mental toughness was on display in the come- from-behind win against New Zealand, Paraguay have been ruthless against Turkey and Mali in the first round.

The same combination was at work once soon again as Carleton turned provider for Sargent who whacked it in of the crossbar to give the North American nation a 4-goal lead.

Paraguay's defence disintegrated at this moment, allowing US to extend their dominance through Carleton and Sargent, Weah having the last word with his third strike. The U-17 group is stocked with some of the hottest prospects in U.S. Soccer history, and they're playing up to their pedigree at the U-17 World Cup in India right now.

It hasn't quite been a week since the United States men's national team crashed out of the World Cup, and you're still down. "We have been practising for the last one year about that, not only the technical stuff has been focused on, mentally they have been prepared because of the concentration and behaviour of the players", the coach said.

Close to half way through the first half, off a swift USA counter-attack, Ayo Akinola, free on the right and he whipped in a low cross for Tim Weah, who calmly slotted home his first goal of the tournament. Son of Liberia legend George Weah, the forward did justice to his famous surname, stabbing home from close range in the 19th minute, bending the ball to the top right corner in the 53rd and completing his hat-trick with a routine effort in the 77th. Weah sped past his marker, Jesus Rolon, and struck with his left foot into the low corner.

The Paraguay defence had no clue about how to stop the consistent onslaught of U.S. attacks and the cracks started showing in the second half. The quick-strike counter began with Sargent chesting the ball down to Carleton, who hit a perfectly-weighted pass to Ayo Akinola down the right wing.

He also superbly set up Carleton's goal. But for the misdirected shots and some super saves by goal keeper Diego Huesca, the margin of victory would have been much higher.

The Paraguayans, on the other hand, waited impatiently for the referee to blow the final whistle but Weah was in no mood to leave the field without getting the match ball as he scored his hat-trick from Carleton's ground cross inside the box, thereby inflicting a demoralising 0-5 loss to the Morinigo-coached side.

USA's Josh Sargent of the celebrates along with teammates. Yellow cards: USA - Sands 14, Goslin 27, Sargent 65.

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