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Uruguay, Germany, Ghana, Cameroon win at U20s

URUGUAY defeated England 1-0 while Germany easily beat the United States 3-0 at the Under-20 World Cup yesterday.

Also, Ghana and Cameroon won their opening games.

Uruguay's Tabare Viudez scored in the 84th minute, beating goalkeeper Elliott Parish with a skillful scissor-kick.

England was strong on possession but short on scoring chances despite an impressive starting lineup including five players from Manchester City and two from Manchester United.

"We've got a very young team and in the last 20 minutes Uruguay were stronger than us," England coach Brian Eastick said. "If we repeat (this) type of performance we have a very good chance of going through."

Also in Group D, Ghana came from a goal down to beat Uzbekistan 2-1.

Sherzodbek Karimov gave Uzbekistan the lead in the 47th, then Ransford Osei leveled on the hour. Striker Dominic Adiyiah scored Ghana's winner in the 75th after Uzbek goalkeeper Sanjar Kuvvatov spilled the ball.

"First matches like this are so difficult," Ghana coach Sellas Tetteh said. "But we brought everything in our wardrobe to win this game."

In Group C, Germany secured the result against the United States with two first-half goals.

Semih Aydilek put the Germans ahead with a penalty kick in the 30th. Florian Jungwirth added another two minutes later, firing the ball past American keeper Brian Perk from the edge of the area.

In the 72nd, Schaeffler sealed the Group C game after taking a cross from substitute Cihan Kaptan.

"We didn't always finish our chances, but we got a solid win," Germany coach Horst Hrubesch said. "We had a great first half-hour, and overall the players are to be congratulated for their game."

For the Americans, a strong drive from Jared Jeffrey hit the crossbar in the 65th.

Cameroon's Andre Akono Effa and Germain Tiko scored for a 2-0 win in Group C over South Korea.

Akono Effa found the net with a free kick in the 19th minute, and substitute Tiko doubled the lead in the 64th by heading in a free kick from Olivier Boumale.


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