England captured its first FIFA Under-20 World Cup title on Sunday morning after defeating Venezuela, 1-0, in South Korea.
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Dominic Calvert-Lewin‘s first-half finish from close range was enough to give the Three Lions the U-20 crown after a hard-fought battle with the Vinotinto.
Venezuela had several quality opportunities to equalize, but none better than one with just over a quarter hour remaining.
England goalkeeper Freddie Woodman reaffirmed his strong tournament after he saved a penalty kick with just over a quarter hour remaining from Adalberto Penaranda.
The penalty kick was awarded after VAR was used by the head referee.
England had nearly increased their lead to 2-0 in the 55th minute when Tottenham’s Josh Onomah struck the crossbar, however the effort bounced off the goal line and away.
The Three Lions allowed just three goals all tournament en route to their World Cup win, while Venezuela posted the same defensive statistic but couldn’t match their opponent in the attacking end.
For the second consecutive tournament, the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team is poised to qualify for the knockout stages of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
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In its second match of this year’s edition in South Korea, the U.S. earned an important three points in a 1-0 victory over Senegal, while its main rivals Ecuador fell, 2-1 to Saudi Arabia. The win shot the U.S. up to first place in Group F with four points while Senegal and Saudi Arabia sit just below with three points. Ecuador occupies the final spot in the group with one point through two games.
Seventeen-year-old Josh Sargent scored for the second straight game and the defensive unit anchored by Erik Palmer-Brown and Cameron Carter-Vickers in central defense held tight to earn the U.S. a clean sheet. The U.S. finishes up the group stage on Sunday against Saudi Arabia.
In Group E action, France thrashed Vietnam 4-0 and New Zealand defeated Honduras 3-1.
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USA 1, Senegal 0
Saudi Arabia 2, Ecuador 1
France 4, Vietnam 0
New Zealand 3, Honduras 1
Mexico took a stunning, early lead in its clash with tournament favorite Spain in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup round of 16 match in Turkey, but eventually fell, 2-1.
FC Dallas goalkeeper Richard Sanchez, the Mexican starter, certainly did his part in keeping El Tri in the game. His good work included an outstanding kick save early in the second half and a remarkable, diving stretch to push away Francisco Alcacer’s powerful drive.
But just as the 1-1 game seemed bound for extra time, Sanchez (pictured Tuesday against Spain) was unable to shift quickly enough when a shot by Spain’s Jese was deflected in front of him.
So Spain joins Uzbekistan – which advanced with a surprise 3-1 win over Greece 3-1 –as the tournament’s first two quarterfinalists. While Mexico departs Turkey with one win and three losses, Spain prepares for a match against Nigeria or Uruguay.
Sanchez, 19, is FC Dallas’ fast-rising prospect, although he is still No. 3 on Schellas Hyndman’s depth chart behind Raul Fernandez (Peru’s No. 1) and well-regarded backup Chris Seitz, a former U.S. under-20 and under-23.