Group E of the U-17 World Cup got off to a perfect start for France after beating Burkina Faso by 3-0 in Jakarta International Stadium. No side was able to break the deadlock in the first half with the game finely poised.
Goals from Mathis Lambourde, and one penalty each from Tincres Joan and Tidiam Gomis in the second half ensured a demolishing exercise from France.
South Korea lost 3-1 to the USA after Kim Myung-Jun’s 35th-minute goal cancelled out Berchimas Nimfasha’s opener in the 7th minute. In the second half, Medina put the Americans ahead again with Berchimas Nimfasha scoring his second and the USA’s third to ensure a good night for them.
In Group F, Venezuela beat New Zealand 3-0. David Martinez opened the scoring for the South Americans in the 39th minute with Leenhan Romero’s quick double in the 87th and 97th minute condemning New Zealand to a huge defeat.
Germany in the other game in Group F defeated Mexico 3-1. Darvich, Moerstedt and da Silva Moreira put Germany ahead in the 29th, 38th and 53rd minute respectively. The 75th-minute strike from Tahiel Jiminez was just a consolation for the Mexicans.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup continues tomorrow with Morocco squaring off against Ecuador in Group A. The host Indonesia will play against Panama.
In Group B, table toppers Mali lock horns against second-place Spain. Canada plays Uzbekistan in the other game.