thEngland’s 2017 Under-20 World Cup campaign suffered its first hiccup on Tuesday as a 1-1 draw against Guinea left head coach Paul Simpson’s side in second place, behind hosts South Korea.
Lewis Cook bolted England ahead not long after the interval, but a mix-up at the back saw the Young Lions leak an embarrassing equaliser and gift Guinea their first-ever point at an U-20 World Cup.
South Korea capitalised on England’s slip and guaranteed their spot in the knockout stages after goals from Lee Seung-Woo and Paik Seung-Ho saw them defeat Argentina 2-1. They sit two points clear at the top and can finish no lower than second.
Elsewhere, Venezuela defeated Vanuatu 7-0 at the Daejeon World Cup Stadium, a result that left manager Rafael Dudamel’s side two points clear at the top of Group B, while Vanuatu’s tournament is one result from coming to its end.
Venezuela’s place in the second round was also guaranteed as a result of Mexico and Germany’s 0-0 stalemate later in the day, leaving Die Mannschaft in need of a major comeback on the group stage’s last day in order to advance.
Read on for a breakdown of Tuesday’s results, complete with a recap and a look at the updated U-20 World Cup standings.
A frustrating day for England head coach Simpson ended with Guinea snatching a point from their meeting despite falling one goal behind, although they didn’t need a shot on target to secure a share of the spoils.
England’s young guns would have undoubtedly held a vision of besting their African foes, but Guinea’s reinvigorated response to their second-half goal was deserving of a point in the end.
Not long after Juventus starlet Oumar Toure hit the woodwork down the other end, Cook opened up the space he needed to lash home the breakthrough from 30 yards out, via Eurosport UK:
The Barcelona pair of Lee and Paik were responsible for worsening England’s woes several hours later, when their strikes were the difference between South Korea and Argentina.
South American football specialist Peter Coates could only step back and applaud as the former took the game by the horns after an early patch of Argentinian dominance, setting the Asian side en route to victory:
Paik added a second from the penalty spot, before the first half was through, meaning Luis Torres’ second-half drive and score in the second period was nothing other than a consolation.
Argentina are still to take a point from two matches and will need to beat Guinea on Friday if they’re to have any hope of reaching the next stage, while South Korea are looking like hot hosts early on in the competition.
Elsewhere, Venezuela ran rampant in their meeting against Vanuatu and opened up a temporary three-point cushion in Group B following a 7-0 demolition that did their goal difference a world of good.
After beating Germany 2-0 in their opener, the Vinotinto got up a head of steam once again in Daejeon and were two goals to the good at the break thanks to strikes from Williams Velasquez and Sergio Cordova, per South American football writer Tom Robinson:
Adalberto Penaranda and Wuilker Farinez added to the scoreline in the early exchanges of the second period before Cordova notched a second, substitute Hurtado added a sixth and Samuel Sosa notched at the death to complete Venezuela’s rout.
Dudamel’s men now sit with daylight between them and the rest of Group B, although Mexico can climb level with the South Americans if they manage to defeat Germany in the pool’s later fixture.
Mexico’s meeting with Germany later on Tuesday was a rather dull affair, and although the Europeans won in the shot count stakes, per Flashscore.com, it’s worrying they’re yet to even score a goal in South Korea so far.
A goalless draw does El Tri some good as they remain three points ahead of Germany with one group game remaining. That means Germany require Venezuela to beat Mexico in the hopes that a hammering of Vanuata will be sufficient to pull them through on goal difference.
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