After a day off following the conclusion of its opening round, the FIFA U-20 Football World Cup kicked off its round of 16 matches yesterday with two games that determined the tournament’s first quarter finalists: Israel and the US. The action will continue today with two more games, including Argentina against Nigeria, who will face off in the Bicentennial Stadium in San Juan at 6 pm.
USA (4) – New Zealand (0)
The North American team easily defeated its Oceanic counterpart 4-0 in the first round of 16 match of the tournament played in the Malvinas Argentina Stadium in Mendoza. The US finished the first half up by only one goal, scored by Owen Wolff, but completely tilted the game in its favor in the second. Cade Cowell, Justin Che and Rokas Pukstas scored the other three goals.
With this victory, the US remains undefeated in the tournament, winning all four of its matches. Its quarter finals rival will be the winner of the round of 16 game between Uruguay and Gambia, to be played tomorrow.
Israel (1) – Uzbekistan (0)
The second round of 16 match yesterday was a hard fought contest also played in Mendoza that Israel only managed to snatch in stoppage time thanks to a headed goal by Anan Khalaili with less than a minute to go. This is the first time Israel has reached the quarter finals of a World Cup, in only the second time it has played in one (before this U-20 tournament, it took part in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico).
Israel now awaits its rival, the winner of the match between Brazil and Turkey to be played today.
The round of 16 will continue today in the Bicentennial Stadium in San Juan with a 2.30 pm. match between Slovakia and Colombia, followed by the Argentina-Nigeria game in the same stadium at 6 pm.
In La Plata there will be two more matches, Brazil-Turkey at 2.30 pm, and England-Italy, at 6 pm.
-With information from Télam