Makarounas scores wonder goal at FIFA U-17 World Cup

Perth Glory young gun Jesse Makarounas has scored a wonder goal, to help the Qantas Joeys to a 2-1 win over the Ivory Coast, in their opening match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup game in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Perth Glory young gun Jesse Makarounas has scored a wonder goal, to help the Qantas Joeys to a 2-1 win over the Ivory Coast, in their opening match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup game in Guadalajara, Mexico.

With the Joeys down 1-nil, Makarounas levelled the contest in the 51st minute when he coolly volleyed the Mexican ‘keeper from 25 yards.

Dylan Tombides, another West Australian, then made it 2-1 with 13 minutes to go, to help the Joeys begin the tournament with a crucial win.

Speaking after the match, Qantas Joeys Head Coach Jan Versleijen was happy with the result but disappointed in his team-s first half performance.

“I don-t think we played well. We lost too many balls and that made us nervous. In the second-half, we pressured higher and forced them to make some mistakes. The last ten minutes, we played for survival.”

“If you compare the Ivorians, they are technically better. They are not clinical enough.

“There is a simple rule in football that if you don-t have the ball you have to work.

“You can see Dylan (Tombides) has great skills, he is strong on the ball. He is technically good with his left and right foot. He is a key promising player.

“At half time we spoke about trying to use Dylan more. Supply him a bit more and give him decent balls to make the change.

Versleijen also spoke about now focusing his attention on preparing for the next match against Brazil.

“We will watch the video. We-ll try to add a little more experience and technical awareness to bring the players to a higher level”, concluded Versleijen.

Australia-s second group game against the South American giants will be on Friday morning. The match will be televised live on SBS from 4am AWST.

Brazil also opened their campaign with a 3-nil win over Denmark.

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Match Details

FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011 - Group F Qantas Joeys 2 (Jesse MAKAROUNAS 51-, Dylan TOMBIDES 77-) Côte d'Ivoire 1 (Souleymane COULIBALY 18-) Monday 20 June 2011 Estadio Guadalajara, Mexico Referee: Raymond Bogule (Jamaica) Assistant Referee: Marcos Quintero (Mexico) & Salvador Rodriguez (Mexico) Fourth Official: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)

Qantas Joeys line-up:1.Paul IZZO (gk), 2.Jake MONACO (21.Riley WOODCOCK 46-), 3.Connor CHAPMAN (c), 4.Tom KING, 5.Corey BROWN, 6.Yianni PERKATIS (14.Milos DEGENEK 67-), 7.Hernan ESPINDOLA (Teeboy KAMARA 65-), 8.Mitch COOPER, 9.Dylan TOMBIDES, 10.Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 17.Jacob MELLING,

Substitutes not used: 11.Luke REMINGTON, 15.Anthony PROIA, 16.Stefan MAUK, 18.Daniel SADAKA (gk), 19.Mitchell OXBORROW, 20.Nicholas ANSELL,

Yellow cards: Yianni PERKATIS 19-

Red cards: Nil

Côte d'Ivoire line-up:1.Yored KONATE (gk), 2.Jean-Eudes AHOLOU (7.Jean KOUASSI 78-), 3.Mory KONE, 5.Jean THOME, 8.Victorien ANGBAN, 9.Daniel SOUNGOLE, 11.Lionel LAGO (12.Guy BEDI 78-), 14.Mehoue TRAORE, 15.Drissa DIARRASSOUBA, 18.Ibrahim COULIBALY, 19.Souleymane COULIBALY,

Substitutes not used: 4.Ibrahima BAH, 6.Dorian KOUAME, 10.Wilfried GNAHORE, 13.Jeremy KIMMANKON, 16.Severin DJE YAO (gk), 17.Losseni KARAMOKO, 20.Banvo ANDERSON, 21.Aboubakar OUATTARA (gk)

Yellow cards: Nil

Red cards: Nil

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