RIO DE JANEIRO: Burundi beat Pakistan in a closely fought Street Child World Cup (SCWC) semi-final on Saturday after a tough battle between the two teams.
The match started off with a tricky start for Pakistan as Burundi scored within the first few minutes.
Burundi 1:0 Pakistan. Semi Final #StreetChildWorldCup— Street Child United (@iStreetChild) April 5, 2014
But Pakistan soon leveled the scores, making it 1-1 and then took the lead 2-1.
Just before halftime, Pakistan doubled their lead to 3-1, giving Burundi mountain to climb after the break.
Another GOAL! Pakistan 3:1 Burundi. #StreetChildWorldCup— Street Child United (@iStreetChild) April 5, 2014
However, as the the second half started, Burundi provided the best response, as they immediately got a goal to get back into the game.
Both sides ferociously attacking! Pakistan 3:2 Burundi #streetchildworldcup— Street Child United (@iStreetChild) April 5, 2014
Both sides played some attacking football but it was Burundi who came away with the most of it, scoring twice in two minutes to lead 4-3.
They held off some ferocious attacks from Pakistan, with the Burndi keeper working hard to keep Pakistan out and ensure they qualified for the final.
FULL TIME: Burundi 4:3 Pakistan. An incredible game! Burundi through to boys final at @FluminenseFC— Street Child United (@iStreetChild) April 5, 2014
Pakistan nonetheless played brilliantly throughout the tournament, topping the Group Three scoring 18 goals in their four matches against teams including India (13-0), Kenya (2-0), Mauritius (3-0) and playing a draw with US (1-1).
Burundi now face Tanzania in the final. Tanzania had earlier in the day defeated USA 6-1.