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