MATCH CENTRE

SUN 31 MAY 2015, 03:00, OTAGO STADIUM

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Mali beat nine-man Mexico

by Staff Reporter

Sun May 31, 05:05

Mali claimed Africa’s first win of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Mexico at the Otago Stadium on Sunday.

The Mexicans ended the match with nine men, while the Young Eagles also had a man sent off in this Group D encounter.

After a goalless first half in which the teams managed just a single effort on target between them, the drama began in the second when Mali were reduced to 10 men in the 56th minute.

Defender Hamidou Maiga picked up two yellow cards in quick succession and was shown a red by German referee Felix Zwayer.

However, the Malians’ disadvantage lasted less than 10 minutes, as Mexican substitute Diego Gama was shown a straight red in the 65th.

A minute later defender Oscar Bernal received his second caution and was sent off as well, reducing the North Americans to nine men.

With a sudden numerical advantage, Mali began to dominate play and the deadlock was finally broken when Adama Traore found the back of the net in the 76th minute.

One goal soon became two, as Gkable Dieudonne doubled the Eagles’ lead three minutes later to effectively wrap up the points.

The match ended 2-0 in favour of Mali, who, temporarily at least, top Group D. Their next match is against Serbia in Dunedin on Wednesday, 3 June.

Mexico: R. Gudino, K. Gutierrez, O. Bernal, V. Guzman, E. Gutierrez, H. Lozano, G. Martinez (D. Gama 46'), A. Diaz (R. Gonzalez 69'), J. Ramirez (O. Pineda 46'), C. Arreola, E. Aguirre

Cautions: O. Bernal 39', E. Gutierrez 58', E. Agguire 76'

Dismissals: D. Gama 65', O. Bernal 67'

Mali: Djigui, S. Diarra (L. Konate 81'), Y. Kone, I. Diarra, H. Maiga, D. Samassekou, M. Toure (S. Coulibaly 62'), A. Doumbia, A. Diallo, Dieudonne, A. Traore

Goals: A. Traore 76', Dieudonne 79'

Cautions: D. Samassekou 33', H. Maiga 51' + 56'

Dismissal: H. Maiga 56'

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
MEXICO U20 MALI U20
Goalkeeper
21
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
12
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
20
Defender
14
Defender
11
Defender
4
Defender
12
5
Defender
21
Defender
3
Defender
15
Defender
13
Defender
3
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
11
Defender
5
16
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
2
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
2
Midfielder
7
15
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
4
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
17
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
14
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