A goal from Norman Garbet helped Guatemala narrowly lose against New Zealand this Saturday in their U-20 World Cup debut in Argentina.
After a brilliant assist from Finn Conchi, the number 11 broke through the good resistance the opposition defense had shown till then and sealed the first goal of the tournament.
At the stadium in the city of Santiago del Estero, the New Zealand team attacked early and used the height of many of their starters as one of their main weapons.
In fact, five of the starting eleven Darren Beazley staked were taller than 185 cm: Kees Sims, Finn Surman, Lucas Kelly-Heald, Jackson Jarvie and Oliver Collotti.
A direct free kick executed by Conchi and cleared by Figo Montano turned out to be the first dangerous situation for New Zealand.
Despite this, the fine touch of the ball that Guatemala displayed in midfield quickly resulted in a duel involving several fans in the stadium.
Meanwhile, in the duel between Ecuador and the United States at the San Juan del Bicentenario Stadium, emotions reached the conclusion of the action when, in a penalty (90 + 2′), Jonathan Gómez gave the North American team the victory that began the tournament. Right foot in Group A of K.
A 93rd-minute goal by Jonathan Gomez earned the United States a hard-fought victory this Saturday against an Ecuadorian team that fell apart in the second half in one of the opening matches of the U-20 World Cup in Argentina.
The United States dominated most of the duel, knew how to be patient and got its prize at the last breath. Three gold points to provisionally lead Group B, completed by Fiji and Slovakia.