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  • June 22, 2013
  • • 23:00
  • • Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadyumu, Trabzon
  • Referee: M. Mažić
  • • Attendance: 4662
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Young Socceroos earn Colombia draw in Under-20 World Cup

Young Socceroos earn Colombia draw in Under-20 World Cup

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The Young Socceroos could not hold on for three points in their Under-20 World Cup opener against Colombia, but were left happy with their performance

Australia have kicked off their Fifa Under-20 World Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against Colombia in Turkey.

Perth Glory midfielder Daniel de Silva - the tournament's youngest player at 16 - scored the opener to put Australia ahead early in the second half in Trabzon, while Jhon Cordoba levelled on 79 minutes.

De Silva latched on to a superb through ball from Andrew Hoole before producing a clinical finish past Colombian goalkeeper Cristian Bonilla to give Australia the lead.

Young Socceroos could not capitalise on a couple of good chances to put the game beyond Colombia's reach, and they were left to rue those missed opportunities when Cordoba bobbed up with 12 minutes remaining to secure a point for the South Americans.

"It was a great game, I think both teams showed their qualities," Young Socceroos coach Paul Okon said after the match.

"We knew before the game what we were up against, South American champions, but we also had this belief that if we could perform the way we know we can perform, play our style of football, we'd give ourselves a good chance of winning the game.

"We came very, very close. We're disappointed that at 1-0 we had two chances to probably put the game to bed.

"We didn't do that and unfortunately Colombia punished us.

"First game, we're delighted, and we turn our attention now to El Salvador."

Host nation Turkey top Group C on three points after a 3-0 win over El Salvador, who will be Australia's next opponents on Tuesday.

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