U20 World Cup news

Greece, Paraguay draw

June 28, 2013
By Associated Press

Turkey rallied to beat Australia 2-1 in their final Group C match at the Under-20 World Cup on Friday to join group winner Colombia in the knockout stage.

Turkey midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu scored with a diagonal strike into the far corner and Okay Yokuslu added a 20-meter chip over Australia goalkeeper Paul Izzo after Jamie Maclaren had given Australia the lead in the 52nd minute with a shot from inside the area.

The host will play France in the round of 16 on Tuesday.

Australia failed to go beyond the group stage for a fourth straight time and hasn't won a match in the competition since 2003.

Colombia won the group after defeating El Salvador 3-0. Andres Renteria opened the scoring for the South American champions in the 21st and Jhon Cordoba converted a penalty four minutes later after he was brought down by El Salvador defender Olivier Ayala. Juan Quintero scored the third in injury time.

Earlier Friday, Greece and Paraguay drew 1-1 in their final Group D match, which was enough for both teams to advance to the first knockout round.

They ended with identical records, and drawing of lots saw Greece anointed group winner.

Striker Dimitrios Diamantakos gave tournament newcomer Greece the lead in the 68th minute before Brian Montenegro leveled five minutes later. Paraguay was reduced to 10 men after 24 minutes when defender Gustavo Gomez received a second yellow card.

In the other Group D match, Mexico bounced back from losing its opening two matches and defeated Mali 4-1. Mexico finished third to leave itself a chance of also reaching the last 16, while Mali has been eliminated.

Marco Bueno and Jesus Corona scored in the first 13 minutes to give Mexico a comfortable early lead. The South Americans squandered several more chances before Samba Diallo reduced Mali's deficit with a 20-meter (yard) volley in the 62nd.

Jesus Escoboza scored seven minutes later and Uvaldo Luna made it 4-1 in the 86th to improve Mexico's chances of advancing as goal difference will likely become a decisive factor.