Jason Minnick

Mexico defeat Korea DPR 3-1 in opening U-17 WCup game

FC Dallas Home Grown goalkeeper Richard Sanchez got the start in goal for Mexico as the host nation won their opening game of the 2011 U-17 World Cup 3-1 over Korea DPR in Morelia.

The home team started out shaky, conceding a goal in the third minute to the Asian champions. The team penetrated the Mexican defense almost immediately, with Korean No. 10 Jo Kwang ripping a shot from just outside the left corner of the six-yard box.

Sanchez caught a piece of the shot as he dove, but the ball bounced under him and into the goal to surrender the early lead. However, Mexico would dominate the rest of the game, as Sanchez only faced three more shots on the day, all of which he saved.

The host team tied the game before the end of the half when Carlos Fierro stole the ball in the box from the Korean defense and fired a shot past a diving Cha Jong Hun in the 37th minute.

After the half, ‘keeper Cha Jong Hun was sent off in the 54th minute for taking down a breaking Marco Bueno.

The game-winner was an own-goal off the head of defender Jong Kwang Sok in the 68th, and Mexico tallied a third in the 86th off the feet of substitute Giovani Casillas.

Mexico resumes play on Tuesday, June 21 when they face Congo in Morelia. The game can be seen live on at 6 p.m. CT.

Scoring Summary:
PRK - Jo 3'
MEX - Fierro 37'
MEX - Jong (OG) 68'
MEX - Casillas 86’

Disciplinary Summary:
PRK - Cha (sent off) 54'
PRK - Choe (caution) 84’

Mexico Starting Lineup
Sanchez, Flores, Guzman, Briseno, Caballero (Sifuentes 87’), Escamilla, Espericueta, Gomez (Tostado 74’), Fierro, Gonzalez (Casillas 61’), Bueno

Korea DPR Staring Lineup
Cha Jong Hun (sent off 57’), Jong Kwang Sok, Choe Chol Ryong, Kang Nam Gwon (Kwon Chung Hyok 66’), Ju Jong Chol, Jang Ok Chol, Jo Kwang (O Jin Song 53’), Jong Il Hyok, Pak Myong Song (An Kang Chol 57’), Kim Chol Bom, Choe Myong Song