BOLIVIA thrashed Haiti 9-0 in the Youth Olympic Games boys' football tournament at Jalan Besar Stadium on Monday evening to become the first country to qualify for the semi-finals.
The win ensures that the South Americans - which defeated Vanuatu 2-0 last Friday - will finish top of Group C with two wins out of two, 11 goals scored and none conceded.
Bolivia went into the half-time break 3-0 up before going on a rampage in the second period. Forward Rodrigo Mejido filled his scoring boots with four goals and Josue Guthrie provided a brace, while Romero Vaca, Yasser Manzur and Jorge Alpire also got on the scoresheet.
Hit by 7-magnitude earthquake which killed an estimated 300,000 people, made 1.6 million people homeless and left their country's capital Port au Prince, in ruins, Haiti were a late replacement for Cuba the YOG football competition.
Cuba were originally slated to represent the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf), but withdrew from the football tournament, choosing their boys' volleyball team to participate in the Games instead. Participating YOG nations are allowed to send a maximum of one boys' and one girls' team for the team-sports events at the Games, such as football, volleyball and handball.
In the night's other match, Zimbabwe's YOG football campaign came to an end after they fell 1-2 to Montenegro in a Group D match - their second defeat in as many games. Left-winger Zarko Grbovic shot the Europeans ahead after 28 minutes with a left-footed half-volley that left goalkeeper Fungai Benard rooted. Aleksandar Boljevic doubled the lead with a well-taken strike just three minutes into the second-half.
Zimbabwe managed a consolation goal in stoppage time when Stanford Chavingira slammed the ball in from close range. The result ensures that Montenegro and hosts Singapore will advance to the semi-finals. The two teams will meet on Thursday, with the winner avoiding a last-four clash with Group C winners Bolivia.