On November 26, the third round of women's group (A) matches of the KELME 2019 FISU University World Cup-Football kicked off. At 18:00 in Quanzhou College of Technology, the team of Paulista University (Brazil) competed with the team of University of Sydney (Australia). After a 90-minute game, the team of Paulista University defeated the team of University of Sydney by 4-0.
According to the competition rules, the top two in the group matches will go into the semi-final. Before this match, the team of Paulista University has already won two victories, while the team of University of Sydney only scored 3 points, the same with the team of Beijing Normal University, ranking second by virtue of superior goal difference. In order to enter the next round, the team of University of Sydney needs to score as many goals as possible without conceding any goals.
Since the very beginning of the match, the team of University of Sydney tried to take the lead with a long pass, while the team of Paulista University paced itself, sneaking its way into the opponent's penalty area with precise passes and catches. In the 9th minute, Kimberlyn Damares Brandino, No.17 from the team of Paulista University made a perfect shot in the midfield after receiving the ball passed by a teammate, getting the lead by 1-0.
In the second half, the team of Paulista University speeded up the offensive. In the 48th minute, Mylena Pedroso, No. 9 from the team of Paulista University, got rid of two defenders and passed the ball to Bruna Calderan, No.8 from the team. Upon catching the ball, Bruna Calderan made a skillful shot, scoring another goal for the team. A minute later, the tacit cooperation between the two helped Bruna scored another goal in the midfield. In the 60th minute, Mylena got forward to catch the ball handed by her teammate in the midfield, making a winning volley. Then the team of University of Sydney used substitution to strengthen defense, but it was still very difficult for it to tackle the rival players who have more superb ball skills. When the final whistle blew, the team of Paulista University defeated the team of University of Sydney by 4-0, achieving three consecutive wins in group matches.
Paulista University is the only one with both men's and women's teams participating in this competition, and both teams have qualified with the first place. "We trained very hard. Every match was very tough and our every player did their best. We will continue to take on strong opponents in the following knockout, and we would not underestimate every one of them," said the coach.
In the evening of November 28, the team of Paulista University will compete with the team of College of Asian Scholars (Thailand) who came in the second place in Group B.