- France guarantee progression
- New Zealand's chances of following them given a major boost
- Group F razor-tight after Senegal beaten
Group E: France 4-0 Vietnam | New Zealand 3-1 Honduras
Group F: Ecuador 1-2 Saudi Arabia | Senegal 0-1 USA
Not quite Zizou
Arguably the most famous penalty in French football history is Zinedine Zidane’s during the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ final – an arcing Panenka-style effort that kissed the bar on the way in. Aged nine at the time, no doubt Jean-Kevin Augustin remembers it vividly. His impression of it against Vietnam, however, he will want to forget. Six minutes into their clash, the forward stepped up and delicately lofted his spot-kick on to the bar, only for the ball to bounce out rather than in, leaving him – albeit briefly, with two goals on the way – red-faced.
Saudi’s saviour, again
Saudi Arabia would not be here without goal Amin Albukhari. Two penalty saves in their quarter-final shootout against Iraq at the AFC U-19 Championship clinched their World Cup place. Having already shown Asia his prowess when faced from 12 yards, he took his chance to let the world know with aplomb against Ecuador. Faced with last game’s two-goal hero Bryan Cabezas, Albukhari hurled himself full-length to his right to palm the ball clear and set Saudi Arabia towards another crucial win.
Bevan’s thunderbolt for the early birds
Myer Bevan provided one of the ultimate reasons why you should always take your seat at the match in good time. It is safe to say a few fans will have missed the New Zealand forward’s piledriver as they belatedly turned up at the Cheonan Sports Complex. The Kiwi connected perfectly on 45 seconds from an obtuse angle to send the ball cannoning in off the underside of the bar and the prompt onlookers’ jaws to the floor.
"I'm satisfied in general, but I expected more in terms of our execution. Technically, we lacked precision. I'm very demanding and I don't like when things are done approximately. If we have the opportunity to score eight goals, then we have to score them."
Ludovic Batelli, France coach
Sunday 28 May
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