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TRABZON, Turkey---Greece scored
late to beat Mexico 2-1 in the Under-
20 World Cup, and South American
champion Colombia was held to 1-1
by Australia yesterday.
Andreas Bouchalakis scored in the
16th minute for Greece, which is making
its first appearance at the 24-team tour-
Mexico's Jorge Espericueta drew the
CONCACAF champion level in the
40th of the Group D match with a
wonderful free kick from 25 yards.
Dimitrios Kolovos then made a turn
in the area and scored a late winner in
In Group C, Colombia came from a
goal down against Australia.
Sixteen-year-old Daniel De Silva, the
youngest player at the tournament,
opening the scoring in the 46th, fin-
ishing a strong run by eluding Felipe
Aguilar in the area and cooling slotting
With time running out, Jhon Cordoba
took a pass from Felipe Aguilar, turned
and fired past out-of-position goal-
keeper Paul Izzo.
In the late matches, Turkey takes on
El Salvador and Paraguay plays Mali.
Greece beats Mexico
in Under-20 W Cup
US team looking to
recover from Spain loss
ISTANBUL---It was not the way the
United States wanted to start the
Under-20 World Cup.
After a strong qualifying campaign
and a victory over Portugal in a
warm-up, the Americans were com-
fortably beaten 4-1 by tournament
favorite Spain on Friday in Istanbul.
The result called into question the
American strategy of pressing in
attack for much of the match, which
was largely at fault for several of the
goals scored on counterattacks by
the European Under-19 champions.
One day later, the US players
insisted they remain confident of
advancing to the knockout stages
and beating another well-fancied
team, France, on Monday. They
acknowledged making mistakes but
said that would not change their
strategy of being aggressive against
France, which beat Ghana 3-1.
"We're still pumped, you know,"
said Benji Joya, who plays for Mex-
ican club Santos Laguna. "We can't
give up and we aren't going to give
up." Playing in one of the toughest
groups, the Americans need a win
to improve their chances of reach-
ing the knockout stage in the 24-
team tournament for the ninth
Coach Tab Ramos and his players
understand the difficult task of
beating a French team that has an
explosive offence and features
attackers Yaya Sanogo, Geoffrey
Kondogbia---both of whom scored
against Ghana---and captain Paul
Pogba who plays for Juventus.
"It's certainly a challenge for us
to get our team prepared for Mon-
day," Ramos said. "I think we have
a lot of positives to focus on. There
are not many times when you'll
find a team losing 3-0 that makes
the type of effort that we made
Midfielder Wil Trapp said beating
France will be a "huge challenge"
but one he relished.
"I think we would be rather be
playing the best teams," Trapp said.
"This way we are battled tested
when we move into the next
Trapp also dismissed concerns
about the team's defence which
was repeatedly exposed by Spain's
"It's a game of mistakes and
unfortunately we made mistakes
that were costly for us," Trapp said.
"Pressing Spain the way we did is
never an easy task just because they
are such a technical and forward
The defence has been a work in
progress for the Americans, with
midfielders Caleb Stanko and Shane
O'Neill operating as converted
defenders, along with the loss of Eric
Miller to injury. The team was with-
out O'Neill against Spain because he
was serving a one-game suspension
for a red card in the Concacaf Under-
Ramos, a former 15-year-old player
at the Under-20 World Cup, defend-
ed the decision to press Spain.
"You come out and you play Spain
and you try to play the game on their
side of the field. It's a gamble," he
said. "But with the way I see football,
it's a gamble that I wanted to take."
BEIJING---Chinese state media say
the country's football association
is in talks with national team coach
Jose Antonio Camacho to end his
contract after the 5-1 loss to Thai-
land in a friendly last week.
The state-run China Central Tel-
evision said yesterday that the China
Football Association met with
Camacho late Friday and that the
Spaniard had agreed to part ways.
The two sides are yet to settle on
the severance package, which could
include penalty pay of about 3 mil-
Camacho's contract is due to run
through to August 2014. He was
appointed in 2011 with expectations
to lead the team to the 2014 World
Cup in Brazil.
China in talks with national
coach to end contract
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