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Mexico loses again at Under-20 World Cup

Published June 25, 2013 2:04 pm

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Gaziantep, Turkey • Mexico is on the brink of an early exit from the Under-20 World Cup after losing 1-0 to Paraguay on Tuesday, while newcomer El Salvador stunned Australia 2-1.

Paraguay, which drew its opening match against Mali, made the breakthrough in the 52nd minute when substitute Arnaldo Sanabria fed Derlis Gonzalez, who scored with a superb side-footed volley.

Mexico, the CONCACAF champion and one of the tournament favorites, missed several good chances — hitting the post twice, including with a free kick from Jorge Espericueta in the final minute.

Having lost 2-1 to Greece in its previous game, Mexico finds itself at the bottom of Group D with a match against Mali remaining. Paraguay has four points, while Greece and Mali played later Tuesday.

In Group C, El Salvador improved its chances of advancing with a victory that put its first points on the board.

Australia, which had earned a deserved 1-1 draw against Colombia, started well with Joshua Brillante putting the young Socceroos ahead in the ninth minute.

But El Salvador, which lost 3-0 to Turkey in its opener, tied it just eight minutes later. Jairo Henriquez delivered a deep cross which Kevin Barahona headed back across goal and into the path of Diego Coca, who scored.

Jose Pena provided the winner in the 40th, steering home a low cross from Miguel Ochoa.

The other Group C match features home side Turkey against Colombia later Tuesday. A victory for the Turks would send them into the round of 16 alongside Spain, which qualified Monday.