July 6, 2007

U-20 World Cup - Day 6 - Clash of the Titans

Mexico 2-1 Portugal - The much anticipated battle in Group C took awhile to get going, but the second half lived up to the hype, with the Mexicans taking a two-goal lead and hanging on for the victory. The game had all the markings of a knockout game, even though Portugal still has a great chance of advancing past the group stage. Giovani Dos Santos opened the scoring early in the 2nd with a penalty kick, his 2nd goal of the tournament, and Carlos Barrera added the 2nd on a half-volley in the 66th. But Portugal's goal was by far the best, an 89th-minute thing of beauty, a nice free kick from Antunes. You can see it below.

The win guarantee's Mexico's spot in the Round of 16 and leaves Portugal with some work to do on Sunday against Gambia.

Gambia 1-0 New Zealand - The Gambians picked up their first-ever goal and win in the U-20 World Cup, while also leaving themselves with their destiny in their own hands after beating the Kiwis. Ousmane Jallow's 22nd-minute header proved the difference, but the Africans face a tough test with Portugal standing between them and the Round of 16.

Austria 1-0 Canada - The bad results continue for the host country, who fell to their second loss in two games, as the Canadians still can't find the goal. Rubin Okotie headed in a 47th-minute corner to give the full three to the Austrians, who sit on four points from two games with a good possibility of advancing.

Chile 3-0 Congo - Another fine performance from the Chileans, who were helped by a 22nd-minute red card to Congo's Yann Combo. The South American's didn't break through until the 2nd half, but it came through Colo Colo's rising star Alexis Sanchez. Nicolas Medina and Arturo Vidal piled on the misery for the Africans, as the Chileans are level with Group E leaders Argentina with 6 goals for and 0 against.

Today's matches:

Group D

USA vs. Brazil - 7:30 p.m. EST - Ottawa - ESPN and Galavision
South Korea vs. Poland - 7:30 p.m. EST - Montreal

Group E

Argentina vs. North Korea - 5 p.m. EST - Ottawa - Fox Sports en Espanol
Czech Republic vs. Panama - 5 p.m. EST - Montreal

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