Teams from Groups E and F faced off this afternoon in the FIFA U-20 Football World Cup being hosted by Argentina.
In the first Group E match, played at the stadium in La Plata, England managed a 1-0 win over Tunisia, with the only goal being scored in the 24th minute by Dane Scarlett. Despite maintaining possession of the ball throughout the game, England was unable to generate more goal opportunities during the rest of the match.
Uruguay clinched a robust victory over Iraq, four goals to nil — one, unfortunately, coming from Iraq’s own goalkeeper, Hussein Hassan, in the 62nd minute. Own-goal aside, Uruguay scored in every part of the game including overtime: Matías Abaldo (38th minute), Andrés Ferrari (48’), and Alan Matturro (90+2’).
Inaugurating Group F fixtures which are played in Mendoza, South Korea beat France 2-1. Striker Seung-Won Lee established South Korea’s lead in the first half in the 22nd minute. The team made three substitutions in quick succession after half-time and scored in the 64th minute with a goal by midfielder Lee Young-jun.
Following that goal, France made three simultaneous substitutions and managed to score a goal thanks to a penalty kick in the 70th minute (scored by Alan Virginius). However, even with 10 minutes of additional time, it wasn’t enough for an equalizer or indeed victory for Les Bleus.
In the last game of the day, outlasting Uruguay-Iraq, The Gambia managed to win against Honduras 2-1. Both of The Gambia’s goals were scored by star player Adama Bojang — the first within the first minute of play. Honduras scored very soon after (5th minute) to equalize until Bojang, who turns 19 this Sunday, was able to score again in the 84th minute.
This is only the second time that The Gambia has made it to the U-20 World Cup, classifying comfortably after coming second at the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations.
—with information from Télam