VIDEO – U-20 World Cup roundup: Mexico stunned, Portugal rolls

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While the first day of the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand featured just one win – by the United States over World Cup newbies Myanmar – coupled with a trio of draws, the second day saw plenty more points handed out.

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All four matches played ended with a winner, and all four winners also held on for clean sheets as Colombia, Portugal, Mali, and Uruguay all snatched three points to start their campaigns on a positive note.

Colombia 1-0 Qatar

The South Americans are heavy favorites to make a push after having success the past two World Cups, and they’ve started off strongly as a 24th minute goal from Joao Rodriguez through the legs of Qatar goalkeeper Yousof Hassan was enough to send the Asian qualifying champions packing. Colombia held firm the whole way, with precious little on net for Qatar.

Portugal 3-0 Senegal

Portugal went to the top of Group C early with a thumping of Senegal in the opening round. The game was much closer than the scoreline showed though, as the winners rode a 1st-minute goal from Gelson Martins just 26 seconds into the match, the fourth-quickest goal in tournament history. While Portugal dominated the chance counter the rest of the way, they were wasteful, and only would put the game away in the final minute after Nuno Santos was introduced in the 89th minute. The substitute set up Andre Silva for his 90th-minute goal, and Nuno grabbed one himself in added time, punishing Senegalese goalkeeper Ibou Sy for an ill-advised departure off his line.

Mali 2-0 Mexico

Mexico had it all in front of them in their opening match, and it all came crashing down. They dominated the first half and were gifted the ascendency as Mali found themselves a man down early into the second half when Hamidou Maiga was sent off for a second yellow. But they threw it away, unable to score with the advantage before an 15-minute stretch from the hell. Halftime substitute Diego Gama was sent straight off in the 65th minute for an off-the-ball incident well behind the play, and Oscar Bernal went off just a minute later for a second yellow. To make things more maddening, both sending-offs came during Mexican possession of the ball.

With the African side suddenly owning the advantage, they’d capitalize with a pair of beautiful goals. Adama Traore struck first in the 77th minute with a far-post header off a free-kick, and Dieudonne Gbakle worked a stunning one-two just two minutes later to seal it.

Uruguay 1-0 Serbia

The favorites – runners up from two years ago – won this match, but it wasn’t as easy as many may have expected. A 56th minute goal from Gaston Pereiro was the difference, but Serbia challenged Uruguay’s back line time and time again to keep things interesting. Facundo Castro twice teed up Pereiro, once in the 17th minute that forced Serbian goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic to save well off a header, and again for the goal with a smart touch pass for Pereiro’s finish. As the second half wound down, Uruguay had plenty of defending to do but Serbia was wasteful with their chances and could not pull level. With Uruguay and Mali both picking up three points, they are atop Group D after the opening round with Mali owning the goal advantage.

On This Day: Bornstein becomes national hero – in Honduras

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You know what today is? It’s Jonathan Bornstein day in Honduras.

Ten years ago today at RFK Stadium in our nations capital, a young, hot-shot kid with plenty of hair named Michael Bradley and Bornstein helped the U.S. Men’s National Team come back to draw Costa Rica, 2-2, in World Cup qualifying. In fact, it’s eerie watching Bornstein’s celebration, running to the corner flag and diving headfirst as he’s mobbed moments after by his teammates. It’s a bit similar to what Lanson Donovan did about nine months later.

[READ: USMNT looks to build in match v. Canada]

To add some context, it was the final day of qualifications matches in the Hex. Three days earlier, the U.S. had already secured a place in the World Cup with a wild 3-2 win at Honduras, meaning Los Catrachos needed to win over El Salvador on the final night and hope that the U.S. would keep Costa Rica from winning in the final match.

Who else, but Carlos Pavon gave Honduras a 1-0 win over El Salvador that night. Then, it was Bornsteins goal later that night that put Los Catrachos into the World Cup for the first time since 1982, and left Costa Rica to battle for the shared spot between CONCACAF and CONMEBOL.

In honor of the big day, hundreds of Honduras fans had been mentioning Bornstein on social media, and the veteran defender – currently of the Chicago Fire – retweeted quite a few of the thankful messages to him. Below, here’s video of the call from Honduras TV, as well as from Ian Darke and the ESPN crew.

Unfortunately for Bornstein, this may be the highlight of his national team career. He did make the 2010 World Cup squad and started twice, including the matches against Algeria and Ghana, but he never truly took the next step in his career to become a star left back.

After a calamitous performance against Mexico in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, which also Bob Bradley his USMNT job, Bornstein was dropped and hasn’t been seen from again on the national team stage.

However, even though he’s only a club player these days, he’ll never have to buy a drink in Honduras, that’s for sure.

Euro 2020 qualifying: France settles for draw with Turkey

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Euro 2020 qualifying continued on Monday and included a top-of-the-group clash in Group H.

[READ: England rout Bulgaria in game marred by racist chants]

France 1-1 Turkey

France spoiled a chance at home to put one foot in Euro 2020 after conceding late in the match and settling for a draw with Turkey.

Despite playing without a lot of starters – Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, and Hugo Lloris are all out injured – France still was strong in the first half and peppered Turkey with 12 shots. Goalkeeper Mert Gunok made an outstanding double-save in the first half and Leicester City’s Çağlar Söyüncü did his best to keep Antoine Griezmann in front of him.

In the 72nd minute, Olivier Giroud came on the field as a substitute and four minutes later, he put France in front to the delight of the home crowd at the Stade de France. What else, but a header off a corner. However, the lead didn’t last long. Off a free kick in the 82nd minute, Hakan Calhanoglu’s delivery was nodded home by Kaan Ayhan. The 1-1 draw leaves both France and Turkey tied with 19 points from eight qualifying matches. It also means that Turkey hasn’t lost to France over two games in this qualifying cycle.

Here’s a look at the rest of Monday’s scores:

Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifying scores

Group A

Bulgaria 0-6 England

Kosovo 2-0 Montenegro

Group B

Lithuania 1-2 Serbia

Ukraine 2-1 Portugal

Group H

Iceland 2-0 Andorra

Moldova 0-4 Albania

Ronaldo scores 700th goal for club and country

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Cristiano Ronaldo achieved yet another personal milestone in his star-studded career on Monday evening with a simple penalty kick goal.

With his 72nd minute strike, Ronaldo tallied his 700th goal for club and country in his career. It’s an incredible achievement, and one indicative of his incredible goal-scoring exploits and his long career.

Ronaldo was already leading all active players globally in terms of goals scored, so his 700th is only adding to the list. His former club nemesis, Lionel Messi, still sits a reported 28 goals behind him, according to Soccerway. After them, LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the closest, and he has “only” 542 goals.

The Portuguese icon becomes the sixth male player to score 700 goals in his career. The others include Pele, Romaro, Josef Bican, Ferenc Puskás, and Gerd Muller.

Ronaldo made his debut for Sporting Lisbon in the 2002-2003 season as a 17-year-old and quickly was snapped up by Man United and Sir Alex Ferguson, where he transitioned from a tricky winger to a clinical striker who couldn’t stop scoring.

The 34-year-old has scored 40-or-more goals on three occasions in his career and he scored 25-or-more goals in all nine years he was at Real Madrid. For Portugal, he’s now scored an incredible 95 goals in all competitions. He had 15 goals in World Cup qualifying alone for the 2018 campaign.

Watch the video of Ronaldo’s breaking goal below. Unfortunately for him, Portugal fell, 2-1 to Ukraine.

Southgate, England players discuss racist abuse

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England took care of business in Monday’s 6-0 thrashing of Bulgaria, but the Three Lions had to endure some horrendous racist abuse from the crowd during the game.

The match was paused on two occasions I’m the first half by the match officials after racist chanting could be heard from a section of supporters, and a large group of Bulgarian fans were ejected towards the end of the half. However, racist abuse continued during the match from small pockets of fans in the stadium.

[READ: England v. Bulgaria delayed after racist abuse from stands]

“I have to say that the officials were on to everything very quickly,” England manager Gareth Southgate told ITV after the match. “We reported everything immediately when we heard things, we had constant communication with the fourth official and the referee. I was in contact with the players, all the way through the first half in particular, and then again at halftime.

”We know it’s an unacceptable situation, and I think we’ve managed to make two statements. By winning the game, but also we’re raised the awareness of everybody to the situation. The game was stopped twice, I know for some people that won’t be enough, but we as a group were on board with that process.”

Raheem Sterling, who scored a brace in the win, also sounded off on social media, as did former England and Arsenal star Ian Wright.

Ultimately, UEFA and the match officials followed the protocol, but the sad part about this is that England and the officials had a plan for racist abuse, and it was predictable that it would happen.

In a statement after the game, the FA confirmed they would be asking UEFA to investigate what happened. However, any punishment is too little, too late for the players who endured the abuse.