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U-20 World Cup Roundup: African Hopes Still Alive
Matchday two was yet another round of mixed results for African sides but the quartet is still very much alive in the race for the last 16 spots.
Ghana upset the form book and overcame Argentina by 3 goals to 2. The Ghanaians raced to a 3 goal lead courtesy of Tefteh, Abagye and a second goal of the tournament, also a penalty, from Yaw Yeboah. Argentina rallied in the final ten minutes but fell a goal short of salvaging a point. The result leaves Ghana top of the group on 4 points, level with Austria, and in with a strong shout for the round of 16.
In group C, Senegal has their work cut out if they are to remain in the competition; this, after their allowing Colombia to pull level despite their dominant display. Zapata was brought down and converted from the spotkick to respond to Thiam’s solo effort that gave Senegal the lead. The Senegalese have only one point and face already eliminated Qatar in their final group game.
Mali fell to a superior Serbian side, courtesy of a freekick from Milinkovic and a cut back slotted home by Antonov. This sees all 4 sides in group D level on 3 points heading into the final round of group fixtures. Mali will face Uruguay while Serbia takes on Mexico in what in the two, winner takes all, fixtures.
African champions Nigeria resurrected their hopes of a last 16 spot with an emphatic 4 goal rout of North Korea. After being kept at bay in the first half, the Nigerians capitalized on a goalkeeper howler to open the floodgates.