Eng­land ends 20-year drought in U-20 World Cup



Eng­land de­feated six-time cham­pion Ar­gentina, 3-0, in South Korea on Satur­day for its first win at the Un­der-20 World Cup in 20 years.

An Ar­gen­tine was sent off in the sec­ond half of the Group A match af­ter video re­view was used for the sec­ond time in a FIFA tour­na­ment, fol­low­ing the 2016 Club World Cup.

Eng­land had been win­less in its last 17 games in the tour­na­ment, dat­ing from 1997. But a first-half strike from Do­minic CalvertLewin fol­lowed by Adam Arm­strong’s score sug­gested the dis­mal record could come to an end in Jeonju.

Ar­gentina, one of the tour­na­ment fa­vorites, was on top for lengthy pe­ri­ods but was un­able to match the clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing of the English.

With 15 min­utes re­main­ing, ref­eree Mo­hammed Ab­dulla Hassan stopped play to re­view a pitch­side video of an over­looked in­ci­dent. The of­fi­cial showed a red card to sub­sti­tute Lau­taro Martinez for an ap­par­ent el­bow on Eng­land de­fender Fikayo To­mori.

In in­jury time, Do­minic Solanke made it 3-0 from the penalty spot.

In the other group game on the open­ing day, South Korea de­feated Guinea, 3-0.

In Group B, Venezuela de­feated Ger­many, 2-0, with two goals in the space of three sec­ond-half min­utes and Mex­ico needed an in­jury-time goal to de­feat Van­u­atu, 3-2.

Ham­burger SV sur­vives

Luca Wald­schmidt scored one day af­ter his 21st birth­day for Ham­burger SV to clinch Bun­desliga sur­vival with a late 2-1 win over Wolfs­burg on the fi­nal day of the sea­son.

Filip Kos­tic, who dragged Hamburg level, crossed for Wald­schmidt to head the home side’s win­ner with two min­utes re­main­ing, leav­ing Wolfs­burg to fight rel­e­ga­tion.

“We were dead, and we fought back,” said Hamburg Coach Markus Gis­dol, who was soaked in beer from the cel­e­bra­tions.

Else­where, We­ston McKen­nie of the United States made his first pro­fes­sional ap­pear­ance as he came on as a sub­sti­tute in the 77th minute in Schalke’s Bun­desliga fi­nale.

The 18-year-old re­placed Do­nis Avdi­jaj in Schalke’s 1-1 draw vs. In­gol­stadt. McKen­nie is a mid­fielder from Lit­tle Elm, Texas, and joined Schalke in Au­gust 2016.

FRANCE: Monaco cel­e­brated its French league ti­tle by beat­ing Rennes, 3-2, in Paris for a 12th straight win, fin­ish­ing the sea­son eight points clear of de­posed cham­pion Paris Saint-Ger­main.

Monaco scored in its last 32 league games to set a sin­gle-sea­son record. It scored 107 league goals — five more than PSG’s to­tal last sea­son — and 158 over­all.

ITALY: Roma kept its faint Serie A ti­tle hopes alive with a 5-3 win at Chievo Verona in the penul­ti­mate round.

Roma had to twice come from be­hind in Verona to earn a club record sev­enth con­sec­u­tive away vic­tory.

Roma moved to within one point of Ju­ven­tus, which can wrap up an un­prece­dented sixth suc­ces­sive Serie A ti­tle with a vic­tory against rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Cro­tone on Sun­day at home.

SPAIN: Sevilla routed Osasuna, 5-0, in what Coach Jorge Sam­paoli hoped was his last match for the Span­ish side be­fore he takes over as the coach of Ar­gentina.

Sam­paoli an­nounced Fri­day that the Ar­gen­tine Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion would meet with Sevilla to se­cure his re­lease from the last year of his con­tract.

Alm­iron hat trick lifts At­lanta

Af­ter the start was de­layed for 55 min­utes by light­ning, Miguel Alm­iron pro­duced fire­works of his own, scor­ing three goals to lift ex­pan­sion At­lanta United FC past the host Hous­ton Dy­namo, 4-1.

IM­PACT 4, TIMBERS 1: Ig­na­cio Pi­atti scored twice to be­come vis­it­ing Montreal’s ca­reer MLS goals leader.

SOUNDERS 1, REAL SALT LAKE 0: Harry Shipp scored on a hard shot that was de­flected into the goal, and vis­it­ing Seat­tle snapped a three-game los­ing streak.

WHITE­CAPS 2, SPORT­ING KANSAS CITY 0: Cris­tian Techera smashed a left-footed vol­ley past goal­keeper Tim Melia in the 40th minute for vis­it­ing Van­cou­ver, and Tim Parker scored in the 67 th minute.

UNION 2, RAPIDS 1: Haris Me­dun­janin sent a free kick from out­side the box over Colorado’s wall and past goal­keeper Tim Howard, and vis­it­ing Philadel­phia set a team record with its fourth straight vic­tory.

EARTH­QUAKES 1, FC DAL­LAS 0: Jah­mir Hyka scored on a spec­tac­u­lar move in the 81st minute, and host San Jose handed Dal­las its first loss of the sea­son.


Eng­land’s Adam Arm­strong, left, kicks the ball to score Satur­day as Ar­gentina’s Juan Foyth de­fends.

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