Mexico advances in U20 World Cup after draw

Mexico held England to a 0-0 draw to secure a spot in the second

round of the Under-20 World Cup, leaving the English relying on

results in other groups to remain in contention at the

tournament.

Argentina defeated North Korea 3-0 in Medellin earlier Thursday

to top Group F with seven points, three more than Mexico. England

ended with three points after three scoreless draws but could still

advance if it is among the four best third-place finishers from the

six groups. North Korea was eliminated with one point.

Mexico had its best chance with a penalty in the 14th minute,

but striker Taufic Guarch had his shot saved by England goalkeeper

Jack Butland. The penalty was awarded after England defender Reece

Brown’s foul on Erick Torres inside the area.

”You need goals to win and we couldn’t score them,” Mexico

coach Juan Carlos Chavez said.

The result extended England’s winless streak in the Under-20

World Cup to 13 matches. Its last victory was against Mexico in

1997.

”It’s got to be some kind of a record,” England coach Brian

Eastick said.

More than 30 eligible players were not released for England duty

by their clubs due to preseason training commitments, leaving

Eastick with a depleted squad.

”Our players lacked energy and Mexico played better than we

did,” he said.

Mexico dominated the action at the Estadio Olimpico Jaime Moron

Leon in the coastal city of Cartagena. It created most of the

scoring opportunities and controlled possession throughout the

match.

England’s most significant scoring opportunity came in the 56th

when Callum McManaman’s shot from inside the area was barely saved

by Mexico goalkeeper Jose Rodriguez. Midfielder Dean Parrett also

threatened in the 79th with a long-range right-foot shot that just

missed over the crossbar.

England also had scoreless draws against North Korea and

Argentina. Mexico lost 1-0 to Argentina and beat North Korea 3-0 in

its earlier matches.