After the first full round of group matches at the FIFA U-20 World Cup supplied over 40 goals, the second began in similarly free-scoring fashion.
2 June’s four encounters, spanning Groups A and B, saw the eight teams involved share out 18 strikes, much to the joy of spectators catching the action first-hand on Kiwi soil.
Top marks for an emphatic win must go to USA, whose solid and ruthless 4-0 demolition of hosts New Zealand made the Stars and Stripes the first team guaranteed a berth in the Round of 16. Goals from Rubio Rubin (2), Emerson Hyndman and Paul Arriola did the damage in Auckland, putting Tab Ramos’ charges in the next phase with a Group A game to spare.
Argentina, in contrast, now find their backs to the wall after going down 3-2 in a thrilling contest against Group B rivals Ghana, a result which leaves La Albiceleste on just one point (from their opening 2-2 draw with Panama) and the Black Satellites well placed with four from their own two games.
Six-time champions Argentina must therefore go all out against Austria in their final match, the Europeans having moved on to four points themselves with a 2-1 success over Panama.