On loan striker Jonathan Obika was a substitute for England Under 20s in their opening World Cup match against Uruguay tonight. Obika replaced Paul Marshall in the 71st minute with England struggling to create chances against the South Americans. Within two minutes of coming on as a substitute, he got in on the angle and lifted a shot over the bar.
But with six minutes left Uruguay substitute Tabaré Viudez produced a superb volley inside the box to settle the tie by a 1-0 scoreline and leave England bottom of their group after the opening fixture.
In the other Group D match today, Ghana beat Uzbekistan by a 2-1 scoreline and so currently top the group on goals scored. Ghana are England's next opponents on Tuesday night, also in the Ismailia Stadium.
Final Score: Uruguay U20s 1 England U20s 0.
Scorer: Tabaré Viudez (1-0, 84 mins).
England Under 20s: Kieran Trippier, Adam Clayton, Martin Kelly, Ben Mee, Febian Brandy, Josh Walker(c), Paul Marshall, Matthew James, Matthew Briggs, Elliott Parish, Alex Nimely.
Subs: Jason Steele, Jordan Parkes, Michael Woods, Mark Oxley, Gavin Hoyte, Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi (46 mins for Matthew Briggs), Jonathan Obika (72 mins for Paul Marshall), Sam Baldock, Andrew Tutte, Gary Gardner (77 mins for Febian Brandy).
Link: FIFA Under 20 World Cup Schedule.
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