Kerim Frei produced a lively display in Turkey’s comfortable 3-0 victory over El Salvador on Saturday as the host nation stormed to the top of Group C in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
The tricky winger was withdrawn after 65 minutes as he continues to work towards full fitness following an injury-disrupted season, but by that point he’d already helped his side establish a three goal cushion.
Salih Uçan handed Turkey an early lead when he finished well after good work from Cenk Sahin, and it was a case of role reversal a minute after the restart when Uçan provided an excellent assist for Sahin to double the advantage.
Sahin grabbed his second and Turkey’s third on 63 minutes with an impressive run and finish, before Frei was withdrawn shortly after.
The Turks had opportunities to extend their lead further, but they will happily settle for a 3-0 win to kick off their World Cup campaign.
Fulham pair Ryan Williams and Corey Gameiro both stepped off the bench as Australia secured a 1-1 draw with Colombia in the earlier kick-off in Trabzon.
The South American side went into the match as one of the pre-tournament favourites, but they fell behind to a goal from Daniel De Silva – the competition’s youngest player at the age of 16 – a minute into the second half. The Perth Glory midfielder produced a flicked shot with the outside of his right-foot that Colombia keeper Christian Bonilla got a touch on, but couldn’t keep out.
The Young Socceroos then found themselves under the cosh somewhat as Colombia pressed for an equaliser, and they had goalkeeper Paul Izzo to thank for preserving their lead with a string of fine stops.
Gamiero was introduced to the action as a replacement for Adam Taggart seven minutes before the score was levelled through Jhon Cordoba’s accurate finish inside the penalty area.
Winger Williams was then brought on with nine minutes remaining to try and help restore Australia’s lead but neither side could find the back of the net again in what was a decent opening result for Paul Okon’s side.