Istanbul • Spain showed why it is favored to win the Under-20 World Cup, beating the U.S. 4-1 on Friday in an opening game behind two goals each from star strikers Jese and Gerard Deulofeu.
The Americans' lone goal was scored by Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil from just outside the penalty area in the 77th minute.
France also turned in a strong game in the other Group A match, scoring two second-half goals within four minutes to defeat Ghana 3-1. France lost to Spain in the semifinals of the Under-19 European Championship.
South Korea came from a goal down to beat tournament newcomer Cuba 2-1 in the Group B opener. In other Group B match, Portugal downed Nigeria 3-2 after squandering a 2-0 lead.
The Associated Press