FIFA U20 World Cup Wrap: Hosts cruise, Germany shocked

There were comfortable victories for South Korea and England on the opening day of the FIFA U20 World Cup, while Germany suffered a surprise defeat.

Group A: South Korea 3-0 Guinea

Tournament hosts South Korea made the perfect start to their campaign with a 3-0 victory over Guinea at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium.

Two Barcelona prospects got their names on the scoresheet, as Lee Seung-woo, who plays with Barca’s Juvenil A, opened the scoring in the 36th minute, before FC Barcelona B midfielder Paik Seung-ho added another late in the second half.

Despite impressive Guinea winger Jules Keita causing problems for the home side in the early stages, the visitors found themselves behind shortly after the half-hour mark when a shot from Lee took a deflection off a diving defender and found the back of the net.

South Korea had a goal disallowed late in the first half and had to wait until the 76th minute to double their lead when second-half substitute Lim Min-hyeok latched onto a through ball from Lee Seung-woo and fired home.

Five minutes later, Paik put the finishing touches on the performance by lobbing a headed pass from Cho Young-wook over Guinea goalkeeper Moussa Camara.

South Korea will next face Argentina in Jeonju on Tuesday.

Group A: Argentina 0-3 England

England had too much firepower for six-time champions Argentina as they claimed their first win in the tournament since 1997.

Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave his side the lead seven minutes before the break after diving in the penalty area to head an inswinging cross into the bottom corner.

And it was 2-0 seven minutes after the break when Adam Armstrong of Newcastle broke on the counter attack and fired home a low shot into the bottom corner.

Argentina had their chances in the match but lacked the finishing touch and their fates were sealed in the 78th minute when substitute Lautaro Martinez was red-carded for an apparent elbow on England defender Fikayo Tomori after the referee requested a video review of the incident.

Calvert-Lewin was then brought down inside the area in injury time, allowing Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke to make it 3-0 from the penalty spot.

Group B: Venezuela 2-0 Germany

Venezuela were responsibly for the upset of the day as they defeated mighty Germany 2-0 at the Daejeon World Cup Stadium.

There were no goals in the first half but Venezuela’s attacking quartet of Adalberto Penaranda, Yeferson Soteldo, Sergio Cordova and Ronaldo Pena looked consistently dangerous.

Their pressure paid off in the second half as two quick-fire goals by Pena and Cordova in the 51st and 54th minutes knocked the stuffing out of their opponents.

After finding himself in a one-on-one situation, Pena rounded Germany keeper Dominik Reimann to slot home the opener, before Cordova finished a move started by Penaranda to double their advantage.

Group B: Vanuatu 2-3 Mexico

Debutants Vanuatu fought bravely but suffered late heartbreak as they went down 3-2 to Mexico.

Goalkeeper Daniel Alick had two moments to forget for Vanuatu in the first half, spilling Kevin Magana’s effort for Mexico’s first goal before gifting the ball to Ronaldo Cisneros for their second.

But Vanuatu were not done yet. Bong Kalo produced a cool finish to halve the deficit early in the second half, and 10 minutes later Ronaldo Wilkins somehow found a gap to fire the ball through three defenders and into the net to level the scores.

A draw looked on the cards before a Mexico onslaught in injury time saw Edson Alvarez score a last-gasp winner from six yards out.