Iraq beat Egypt to blow Group E wide open as Group F also continued
FIFA U20 World Cup
Wednesday 26 June 2013
England's group at the FIFA U20 World Cup remains wide open after Iraq moved into top spot with a 2-1 victory over Egypt - who face the Three Lions on Saturday.
Mohanad Abdulraheem scored a 79th winner for the Iraqis as Hakeem Shaker’s side came from behind to move ahead of Chile on goals scored in Group E in Turkey - after England and Chile drew 1-1 earlier in the day.
Egypt opened the scoring after 27 minutes with a stunning goal full of one-touch interplay; Trezeget flicked the ball out to Ibrahim Osama - and his first-time cross was headed home superbly by Hassan Ahmed.
But Iraq equalised six minutes later when Ammar Abdulhussein charged forward and fired home a long-range shot from 25 yards. And Abdulraheem then clinched victory with a skilful finish having rounded 'keeper Ibrahim Osama in the second half.
Egypt must now beat third-placed England on Saturday if they are to have any chance of reaching the last 16, while Iraq face Chile in a match that could determine who wins the group.
In Group F, Uzbekistan and Croatia drew 1-1 - which means both teams still need to do more work to reach the last 16
Sardor Rakhmanov opened the scoring from close range for Uzbekistan but Marko Livaja equalised in the second half, following a free-kick from Ante Rebic.
In the same group, Uruguay got their tournament up and running by beating New Zealand 2-0. The goals came form Giorgian De Arrascaeta and Nicolas Lopez got Uruguay their first win of Turkey 2013.