USA U-20 0-3 Germany U-20: Americans Brushed Aside By Hrubesch’s Boys
Germany Under 20s swept to victory against the youngsters from USA in their Group C fixture in Suez. Semih Aydilek, Florian Jungwirth and Manuel Schaeffler were on the scoresheet for the Germans, who will go into their next game in high spirits.
Germany started as the more dangerous of the two teams, and Richard Sukuta-Pasu hooked a shot wide from close range in the 4th minute. Minutes later, he shot over after latching onto a long ball from midfield.
Some loose play in the German defence allowed Tony Taylor to get in on goal, but no one could connect to his low cross. ‘Keeper Ron-Robert Zieler received a boot in the mouth for his troubles in trying to claim the ball, but was able to continue after receiving treatment.
Germany had a penalty on the half hour when Brian Ownby rashly brought down Bjorn Kopplin, and Semih Aydilek confidently rolled the ball home to give Horst Hrubesch’s side the lead.
The lead was doubled two minutes later. A long corner from the left hand side evaded everyone but Florian Jungwirth, who set himself and struck a shot through a crowd of players into the net.
Things were going from bad to worse for the Americans, as captain Kyle Davies was forced to go off injured, but their defence held firm through to half time.
Sukuta-Pasu continued to give the USA problems after the restart, but Bryan Arguez shot just over the bar with an excellent effort from range that had Zieler scrambling.
Despite some bright play by Taylor, the Americans were struggling to create any chances of note while the Germans dominated the midfield area. Mikkel Diskerud burst through into the penalty area just after the hour mark, but Zieler rushed out of his goal quickly to prevent the danger.
Jared Jeffrey rattled the crossbar with a shot from distance as the USA began to raise their game, but in the 72nd minute the Germans hit the Americans on the counter-attack.
Cihan Kaptan broke down the right flank and sent a low ball into the penalty area for Manuel Schaeffler to prod home, although replays suggested that the 1860 Munich man was marginally offside.
The last 20 minutes seemed interminably long for the USA, with the Germans looking like they could score a fourth goal to cap off an efficient performance, but the referee called time with the final score at 3-0.
It was a disappointing performance from the Americans, who looked disorganised and uninventive throughout. While luck may not have been with them tonight, they will need to improve quickly if they are to reach the latter stages of the competition.