Fifa U20 World Cup: Lamela lifts Argentina over Mexico, Brazil held by Egypt

South American giants had mixed results as Group E remained a dead heat after the first round of matches and the new Roma man impressed in Colombia
Group F

Argentina 1-0 Mexico

Argentina got off to a strong start in U20 World Cup Group F as they earned a 1-0 victory over Mexico. New Roma signing Erik Lamela had an outstanding match and after 70 minutes scored the only goal of the game, a low drive after a brilliant solo run.

The South Americans came close to doubling their advantage shortly thereafter, but soon withdrew into a conservative, possession-based game plan and held on to claim three points, propelling them to the top of Group F.

Group E

Brazil 1-1 Egypt

Brazil had an unconvincing start to their group stage campaign as Egypt rallied from a goal behind to earn a draw against their illustrious opponents. Danilo put the South Americans ahead on 12 minutes, but the Pharaohs played with confidence and equalised in the 26th minute thanks to Omar Gaber.

Play was very much broken up in the second half and neither side managed to find a rhythm amid lengthy delays. After more than six minutes of added time, then final whistle blew, and the two sides had to settle for a draw. The result leaves them level for top spot in Group E due to goals scored.

Austria 0-0 Panama

Also in Group E, Austria and Panama played to a scoreless draw in in sweltering conditions. The tepid play did not match the 29-degree temperature in Cartagena, although both sides had multiple opportunities to net a winner.

Superb goalkeeping by Panama No. 1 Luis Mejia, and poor finishing by the Central Americans ensured that the spoils were shared equally. The result leaves Austria and Panama tied for last place in Group E by the narrowest of margins. However, on points and goal difference, Brazil, Egypt, Austria and Panama are currently level.