On the final match of the invitational friendly tournament in Jakarta, the New Zealand U-20 side outplayed the Fiji U-20 side, clinching a 3-0 victory. The win came as a huge boost for the New Zealand side as they gear up for the upcoming U-20 World Cup in Indonesia.
Fiji, on the other hand, had a disappointing campaign as they lost all three games and conceded a whopping 10 goals, while managing to score only one. The team’s coach, Rodolfo Zapata, will need to regroup and improve the team’s performance before the World Cup.
New Zealand dominated the match from the outset, scoring two goals within the first 10 minutes of the game. Charlie Beale opened the scoring for the Kiwis after a great assist from Oscar Bell, before Bell himself got on the scoresheet to double the lead. In the second half, Jay Herdman of Vancouver Whitecaps scored the third and final goal of the match, cementing the victory for New Zealand. You can watch the highlights of the match by clicking here.
The win against Fiji followed a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the host nation Indonesia, which secured New Zealand’s second-place finish in the tournament. The winner of the tournament was Guatemala, who won all three of their games, beating Indonesia 1-0 in the final game.
Overall, the tournament served as an important preparation for the upcoming U-20 World Cup, giving the participating teams a chance to test their skills against international opposition. While Fiji will need to work on their performance, New Zealand will be looking to build on their impressive display and carry the momentum forward into the World Cup.
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