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Junior All Whites earn second draw at U-20 World Cup

The Junior All Whites have stayed in the hunt for a place in the knockout stages of the FIFA U-20 World Cup with a battling 1-1 draw with Uruguay in Cali, Colombia on Wednesday morning.

Stean Marinovic put on a man of the match display in Cali. Getty Images via FIFA

August 3, 2011

AUCKLAND – The Junior All Whites have stayed in the hunt for a place in the knockout stages of the FIFA U-20 World Cup with a battling 1-1 draw with Uruguay in Cali, Colombia on Wednesday morning.

A massive upset looked possible in the 57th minute when Hawke’s Bay forward Andy Bevin met the pin-point cross of fit-again Marco Rojas with a brave diving header at the end of a right hand move also involving Dakota Lucas and Ryan Cain.

Dakota Lucas almost doubled the lead five minutes later but his stinging shot on the counter attack was just batted away by Salvador Ichazo.

The star turn for New Zealand however came from goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic who typified New Zealand’s typically gritty defensive effort under immense pressure from the South Americans with a string of saves and well timed punches in an inspirational man of the match performance.

His near-point blank save to push Cesar Texeira’s shot over the bar with his trailing hand in the 38th minute was world class and the best of the German-based stopper’s key interventions to earn the Junior All Whites a valuable point – their second of the tournament following an opening 1-1 draw with Cameroon.

Diego Polenta sent a stunning strike into the top corner of Marinovic’s net late in the first half but the whistle had already blown for an earlier offside.

Marinovic was finally beaten by Espanyol forward Adrian Luna 16 minutes from time off a well worked one-two with Texeira, denying the Junior All Whites an historic win, but despite late pressure from Uruguay the kiwi’s defence held firm.

“I thought we played very well,” said New Zealand coach Chris Milicich.

“Our defending is becoming outstanding and we created and took a very good goal. We’ve made a mistake on the right hand channel, Stefan’s got a little flat footed and they’ve gone level.”

Milicich said his goalkeeper’s display would naturally draw interest.

“We knew how good Stefan is and now people everywhere else are seeing that. It’s nice for the New Zealand public to see him play and I can tell you there’s a lot of talk about him now.”

Later in the day, Portugal defeated 10-man Cameroon 1-0 to leapfrog New Zealand at the top of Group B. 

A win in the final group match against the Portuguese would secure progress to the round of 16 as one of the group’s top two teams, although a draw may be enough to clinch one of the four spots for best third-place finishers if other results go their way.

“We don’t know yet what will be needed but we do know this is one of the tightest groups in the tournament.“

FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011
Group B

Estadio Olimpico Pascual Guerrero
Cali, Colombia

New Zealand 1 (Andy BEVIN 57’)
Uruguay 1 (Adrian LUNA 74’)
Halftime: 0-0

Man of the match: Stefan MARINOVIC

New Zealand: 1-Stefan MARINOVIC (gk), 2-Andrew BEVIN, 3-Nick BRANCH (c), 4-Ryan CAIN (12-Andrew MILNE 85’), 10-Anthony HOBBS, 11-Dakota LUCAS (5-Sean LOVEMORE 74’), 13-Colin MURPHY, 14-James MUSA, 15-Marco ROJAS (7-Cameron LINDSAY 76’), 16-Luke ROWE, 18-Adam THOMAS.
Substitutes not used: 6-Nikko BOXALL, 8-Ethan GALBRAITH, 9-Tim PAYNE, 17-Mikey KRAMER, 19-Liam HIGGINS, 20-Scott BASALAJ (rgk), 21-Coey TURIPA (rgk). Coach: Chris MILICICH

Cautions: Dakota LUCAS 34’, James MUSA 83’, Nick BRANCH 90+1’, Andrew MILNE 90+2’

Uruguay: 1-Salvador ICHAZO (gk), 3-Diego POLENTA (c), 4-Guillermo DE LOS SANTOS, 5-Angel CAYETANO, 6-Leandro CABRERA, 7-Adrian LUNA, 8-Matias VECINO, 10-Pablo CEPELLINI, 11-Cesar TEXEIRA (19-Diego ROLAN 85’), 13-Maximiliano OLIVERA (20-Ignacio LORES 66’), 18-Camilo MAYADA.
Substitutes not used: 2-Federico PLATERO, 9-Federico RODRIGUEZ, 12-Leandro GELPI (rgk), 14-Ramon ARIAS, 15-Santiago MARTINEZ, 16-Nicolas PRIETO, 17-Yefferson MOREIRA, 19-Diego ROLAN, 21-Alexander DA SILVA (rgk).
Coach: Juan VERZERI

Cautions: None

Group B Standings

 

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

Portugal

2

1

1

0

1

0

1

4

New Zealand

2

0

2

0

2

2

0

2

Uruguay

2

0

2

0

1

1

0

2

Cameroon

2

0

1

1

1

2

-1

1

FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011
July 29 – August 20

New Zealand v Portugal
Cali, Colombia
August 5, 2011
5pm (10am August 6 NZT)
Sky Sport 2

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