Australia U20 go down to Czech Republic in World Cup

The Australian U20 team have been beaten 2-1 by Czech Republic in their opening U20 World Cup match.

Played at the Port Said Stadium in Egypt, the Czech’s opened up the scoring in the 50th minute through Michael Rabusic in the Group E clash.

Unfortunately, Hearts youngster Ryan McGowan was sent off in the 88th minute for Australia as Czech Republic’s Tottenham striker Tomas Pekhart converted the ensuing spot-kick.

The Young Socceroos then managed a consolation goal in the final minute when AZ Alkmaar midfielder James Holland slotted home, also from the penalty spot.

In the other Group E match, Brazil easily accounted for Costa Rica 5-0 and head the table at this early stage whilst the Czech Republic sit second, Australia third and Costa Rica fourth.

The second group matches are as follows:

Australia v Costa Rica – Wednesday, September 30
Brazil v Czech Republic – Wednesday, September 30

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