A round-up of the action from day two of the FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey
FIFA U20 World Cup
Saturday 22 June 2013
Dimitrios Kolovos struck late on for Greece as they got their FIFA U20 World Cup campaign off to a fine start with a 2-1 victory.
Greece, debutants in the competition, faced a tough task against seasoned campaigners Mexico, who have made a habit of winning youth competitions. But El Tri were undone in Gaziantep thanks to Kolovos' winner in the 89th minute.
The Group D clash began with a bang when Andreas Bouchalakis gave his side the lead in the 16th minute.
In an entertaining first half, Mexico hit back just before the break thanks to Jorge Espericueta's leveller. It looked as though it would end level but Kolovos was on hand to tuck home late on to give Greece the perfect start to their World Cup campaign.
In Group C, it was left to Jhon Cordoba to rescue a 1-1 draw for much-fancied Colombia against Australia.
Los Cafeteros came into the tournament in fine form, having triumphed at the South American U20 Championship as well as reaching the final of the recent Toulon tournament.
But it was Australia who struck first, with Daniel De Silva opening the scoring just after half time. Colombia came back, though, thanks to Cordoba's 78th minute equaliser that left it all-square in Trabzon.
At 16, De Silva is the youngest player at this World Cup and his side were indebted to him for his late show.
Hosts Turkey made a winning start later in the evening game when they beat El Salvador 3-0 at the Huseyin Avni Aker Stadium, in Trabzon.
Goals from the impressive duo of Salih Ucan and Cenk Sahin (2) secured a comfortable victory that leaves Feyyaz Ucar’s side top of Group C.
Elsewhere, Mali and Paraguay shared the points in Gaziantep after both scored inside seven minutes, seeing them begin the FIFA U20 World Cup with a 1-1 draw.
Mali stunned the hotly-tipped Paraguayans after three minutes, when a long ball created chaos and Adama Niane took advantage to fire past a stunned Diego Morel.
They were only ahead for four minutes, though, before Jorge Rojas equalised for the 2013 South American Youth Championship runners-up.