A vibrant Under-17s World Cup win and a return to winning days, yet still a sense of underachievement from Brazil after an outstanding 81 shots on goal.
The reigning champions showcased their dominance in a commanding 9-0 victory over tournament minnows New Caledonia, averaging a chance every 75 seconds throughout the match.
Notable Stats, but Records Unmatched:
While their performance was impressive, the reigning champions fell short of Spain’s historic 13-0 success against New Zealand in the 1997 edition of the competition. Additionally, England’s 10-0 triumph over the same opponents in their opening Group C game in Jakarta surpassed the reigning champions’ goal-scoring feat. Ryan Garry’s side achieved this with only 39 attempts on goal.
The victory follows a surprising 3-2 defeat by Iran in Brazil’s initial match in Indonesia. The reigning champions rebounded emphatically, showcasing their attacking prowess with a staggering 81 attempts on goal against New Caledonia.
Efficiency in Front of Goal:
Despite the impressive shot count, only 28% (23) of Brazil’s attempts found the target, with 33 shots off target and 25 blocked. The statistics reveal a notable discrepancy between the quantity of chances created and the efficiency in converting them.
The reigning champions’ formidable performance against New Caledonia signifies a promising turnaround after the setback against Iran. The tournament continues to unfold, and Brazil’s journey will be closely watched as they aim to maintain their status as one of the favorites.