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U.S., Brazil win at Under-17 World Cup
Updated: 2005-09-21 15:10

Ofori Sarkodie, Kile Nakazawa and Ryan Soroka scored second-half goals Tuesday to lead the United States past Italy 3-1 and clinch a berth in the quarterfinals of the FIFA Under-17 World Championship

After a scoreless first half, Sarkodie put the U.S. ahead two minutes after the break, followed by Kile Nakazawa off a free kick in the 67th minute.

Andrea Russoto cut the American's lead in half in the 74th on a free kick, then Ryan Soroka restored the two-goal margin in the 90th.

Italy finished the match a man short after Salvatore Foti was given a red card for arguing with the referee.

In Piura, Gambia beat Qatar 3-1. The teams were tied 1-1 at halftime after goals by Gambia's Momodou Ceesay and Qatar's Yusef Ali. Gambia went ahead on a penalty shot by Ousman Jallow, and sealed victory on Pa Modou Jagne's score in extra time.

In other matches, defending champion Brazil beat the Netherlands 2-1 to avoid elimination, and North Korea defeated Ivory Coast 3-0.

The United States (2-0), which plays Ivory Coast on Friday, leads Group C with six points, North Korea and Italy were next with three, followed by Ivory Coast at zero.

Gambia tops Group D with six points, Brazil and the Netherlands have three each, and Qatar was out of contention with zero.

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