Emerson Hyndman scored the winner as the United States kicked off their FIFA U-20 World Cup campaign with a 2-1 victory against Myanmar.
It did not begin well, though, for the Fulham midfielder and his team as the Asian nation scored with just nine minutes played when Yan Naing Oo poked in at the end of a goalmouth scramble following a corner.
Hyndman played a key role in the equaliser eight minutes later as he delivered a dangerous corner which was flicked on to the far post when Maki Tall was waiting to slam the ball high into the net.
And Hyndman had the final say 10 minutes after the restart when he finished expertly at the end of a swift counter attack. Rubio Rubin held the ball up well before playing in his captain who had covered a lot of ground to get up the pitch. Hyndman then took one touch before placing a low strike across goal and into the bottom corner.
With New Zealand and Ukraine drawing 0-0 in the other match, their result in Whangarei leaves the United States sitting at the top of Group A.
Argentina didn’t fare quite so well, as they were twice pegged back by Panama to draw 2-2 in their Group B opener in Wellington.
Tiago Casasola played the full 90 minutes for the Albiceleste, and they went in front with less than quarter of an hour played when Angel Correa finished clinically inside the box after playing a neat one-two with Tomas Martinez.
The lead did not last for long, though, as Panama hit back in spectacular style when Jhamal Rodriguez smashed in a terrific swerving effort from 25 yards out which found the top corner.
1-1 was how it stayed for a long time, but with little more than 10 minutes left it looked as though Correa had won it for his team when he capitalised on a goalkeeping mistake and rolled the ball into the net from the edge of the area.
But Panama refused to admit defeat and drew level once again just five minutes later when Fidel Escobar thumped in Carlos Small’s cross on the half-volley.
The underdogs could even have snatched it when Small raced clear late on, but he missed the target with his shot.