Sun, Jun 23, 2013 - Page 19 News List

Spain, France win Under-20 World Cup opening games

AP, ISTANBUL, Turkey

Spain showed why they are favored to win the Under-20 World Cup by beating the US 4-1 on Friday after doubles from star strikers Jese and Gerard Deulofeu.

France also turned in a strong performance in the other Group A match, scoring two second-half goals within four minutes to win 3-1 against Ghana.

“We are happy for our team,” Spain coach Julen Lopetegiu said. “In the first half, we had problems with the American pressure, but we tried to run behind the defenders and we had the chance to score goals.”

Meanwhile, South Korea came from a goal down to beat tournament newcomers Cuba 2-1 in the Group B opener, while in the other match in the group, Portugal surrendered a two goal lead before securing a 3-2 victory over Nigeria.

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