Senegal open U-20 World Cup

2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup

Day 1, Thursday 23 May 2019

Group A & B matches

Various venues, Poland

African contenders Senegal will have the honour of opening the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup when they face Group A rivals Tahiti in the opening match at the Arena Lublin on Thursday 23 May, kick-off at 19h00.

The young Lions of Teranga earned their place in the tournament by finishing second at the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations earlier this year, succumbing to Mali in the final. This will be their third appearance at the U-20 global tournament.

Hosts Poland will hope to get off to a fast start against Colombia

The other Group A match kicks off at 21h30 at the Stadion Widzewa in Lodz, with host nation Poland taking on Colombia. The Poles have not appeared at the tournament since 2007, but coach Jacek Magiera is determined to lead his charges deep into the competition this time around.

Colombia, meanwhile, narrowly edged our Brazil in South America’s qualifying competition and will be looking to make a big impact in their first World Cup appearance since 2015.

The pick of the first day’s game sees Italy take on Mexico

Group B’s opener is perhaps the pick of the day, as Mexico take on Italy in Gydnia. El Tri have traditionally been strong performers in youth international football, but Italy have a very promising group of players coming through and will look to build on a third-place finish from the last U-20 World Cup in 2017.

Finally, at the Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak Stadium, Japan will take on Ecuador, another of the surprise packages in South American qualifying

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2019 U-20 World Cup fixtures 

Day 1, Thursday 23 May

Group A

19:00: Tahiti vs Senegal

21:30: Poland vs Colombia

Group B

19:00: Mexico vs Italy

21:30: Japan vs Ecuador

Day 2, Friday 24 May

Group C

19:00: Honduras vs New Zealand

21:30: Uruguay vs Norway

Group D

19:00: Qatar vs Nigeria

21:30: Ukraine vs USA

Day 3, Saturday 24 May 

Group E

19:00: France vs Saudi Arabia

19:00: Panama vs Mali

Group F

16:30: Portugal vs Korea Republic

21:30: Argentina vs South Africa

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Published: 05/20/2019