By Wu Liming
UTRECHT, Netherlands, June 11(Xinhuanet)-- The FIFA World Youth Championship Netherlands 2005 saw two upsets on Saturday after three groups started six opening matches on the second day of the championship.
The first surprise came from China, who beat Turkey 2-1 in central Dutch city of Utrecht, a heavyweight in Group B, with a last-minute world-class shot from midfield Zhao Xuri.
The second one was created by the United States, who made itself a surprise package by defeating Group D favorite Argentina 1-0 in another eastern Dutch city of Enschede thanks to a goal from Chad Barrett.
Chile scored a tremendous victory over Honduras 7-0 in the eastern Dutch city of Doetinchem, the biggest victory for the Dutch tournament so far, while Spain, a favorite for Group C, strolled to a comfortable 3-1 victory over Morocco in the same city.
In another two matches, Ukraine beat Panama 3-1 in Utrecht and Germany sealed another comfortable victory against Egypt 2-0 in Enschede.
China's victory came from its consistent offensive from the very beginning of the match and their efforts were rewarded just after 21 minutes when Tan Wangsong earned the lead after several dazzling passes at the Turkey's area.
The well-prepared Chinese also looked solid at the remaining period during the first half. However, the best chance for the Turkish came in the 36th minute when Hakan Aslantas lobbed a ball into the area and Ali Ozturk, with only the goalkeeper to beat, pulled his shot over the bar.
Turkey quickened their rhythm after the interval in desperate search of the equalizer with Kerim on for Ali Ozturk.
The Turkish's efforts finally bore fruit with only five minutesremaining. Turkey launched a counter-attack- Burak Yimaz cutting into the area only to see his close range shot just cleared by Yang Cheng. Captain Gokhan Gulec ghosted in to slot the half-clearance past the stranded keeper Yang Cheng.
With Turkey appearing happy to play out the remaining time, theChinese upped the tempo in the final minutes.
And with one minute of injury time remaining, second half substitute Zhao Xuri sealed the 2-1 victory for China with a world- class volley. A corner from the right was punched far out of the area by Kirintili and Zhao Xuri hit a rocket shot into the top left corner of Turkey goal from 25 yards out.
China's coach Echhard Krautzun, was happy with his players afterwards:"Turkey were faster than us in the second half and didcause us some headaches. But our players continued to fight with zest and we were rewarded in the last minute."
Tan Wangsong, who scored the first goal for China, said after the match that the Chinese team had made"full preparation" for the match and the Chinese coaching group had arranged Plan A and Plan B to compete with Turkey, in which Plan B was put into practice and worked.
Losing coach Senol Ustaomer couldn't conceal his disappointmentafter the match."I would say both teams played very well and our opponents scored their winner thanks to a little good fortune. ButI would like to extend my congratulations to them."
The sign for Argentina's defeat was shown even before the kick-off when the team coached by Francisco Ferraro took the field without Lionel Messi of Barcelona, a gambit that the US coaching staff had not anticipated.
After a nervous start for both teams, it was the Americans who were the first to take control of the game, and Argentina goalkeeper Oscar Ustari had to look sharp to keep out two shots from striker Chad Barrett of MLS side Chicago Fire.
In the 40th minute, a cross from Marvell Wynne was deflected bycaptain Greg Dalby as far as Chad Barrett, who reacted fastest to nod the ball home.
Argentina brought on Messi for Armeneros at half time in a bid to bring more attacking pressure to bear, but only occasionally did the US defence look like cracking.
"I am proud of my team. This is a great achievement," said US coach Sigi Schmid after the game."This victory takes us an important step forward. We had some luck at the right time when the Argentines stepped things up in the second half."
"We didn't play well in the first half, and that's when the Americans earned their win. We got better in the second half, but even then we were below the level my team is capable of," Argentina coach Ferraro said after the game.
On Sunday, Group E and Group F are to start their opening matches in southern Dutch city of Tilburg and northern city of Emmen. Enditem