Junior All Whites goal-less, defeated again

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 07:33 27/06/2013

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The Junior All Whites have been beaten again at the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey, this time 2-0 by Uruguay.

After losing to 3-0 to Uzbekistan in their opening match, the New Zealanders needed to play better against Uruguay, but went behind in just the fourth minute.

After giving away a foul in a dangerous position, the New Zealanders were forced to watch as Giorgian De Arrascaeta slammed a brilliant freekick into Scott Basalaj's goal. 

The shot, from five metres outside the 18-yard box, was struck perfectly. It got over the wall, then dipped and swung leaving Basalaj no chance. 

Uruguay were kept out for the next 71 minutes, but did make all the play.

They had 21 shots to New Zealand's three and eight on target while New Zealand had one. 

Chris Milicich's side were again starved of possession and simply outplayed.

They did well to keep the South Americans off the score sheet again until the 75th minute when poor defence cost them.

An innocuous cross came in and a Uruguayan forward was allowed to get a clear head on it. He headed the ball in the direction of Nicolas Lopez whose first shot was partially saved by Basalaj onto his post.

But with the defence not coming to Basalaj's aid, Lopez was able to tap in to an empty net past a sprawled out keeper. 

Simon Arms had earlier blocked another Lopez shot after he was again given too much room.

Basalaj also kept Lopez out and the top scorer for Uruguay in qualifiers had another chance go over the bar before he finally go his goal.

New Zealand's final game in the group stages is against Croatia on June 29. The Junior All Whites must win to have any chance of reaching the next round.           

Ataturk Stadium, Bursa

Uruguay 2 (Giorgian DE ARRASCAETA 4', Nicolas LOPEZ 75') beat New Zealand 0

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