Mexico opens Under 20 World Cup with shock loss

Published Sunday, May 31, 2015 11:46 AM by Shane Barrow

One thing we have seen about the youth World Cups of the past is that things do not always go to form.  Eyebrowsing scorelines can come fast and furious.  We have already seen a couple in the opening days of the FIFA Under 20 World Cup in New Zealand.  Last night Mexico opened their tournament with a shock 2-0 loss to Mali.  That's right Mali.  

After a scoreless opening 45 minutes the second was wild and crazy.  Three players saw red cards and Mali scored a pair of late goals to snatch the victory.  The match became increasingly physical after the break with Mali's Hamidou Maiga got his marching orders in the 56th minute.  Mexico was a man up and seemingly ready to push for the win.  Instead, it all went wrong for the young El Tri. Within a period of two minutes, they went from being a man up to finding themselves one down, with Diego Gama sent off following an off-the-ball incident and Oscar Bernal earning a second yellow for bringing down Souleymane Diarra.

Mali took control from there scoring twice in four minutes through Adama Traore and Dieudonne Gbakle.  The win shot Mali to the top of Group D and leaves Mexico in a world of hurt.  El Tri must get results against both Uruguay and Serbia now to have any chance to advance out of group play.

Elsewhere, the interesting results continued to flow in.  Minnows Myanmar threw a scare into the USA grabbing an early lead before falling 2-1.  Panama shocked powerful Argentina rallying twice in an entertaining 2-2 draw.  Tonight offers a mouthwatering match as Brazil meet Nigeria.