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Group B: Ecuador 2-1 Australia


Goiania: A strong second-half performance was not enough to rescue Australia as Ecuador claimed a 2-1 win on the opening day of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019.

Two goals in the opening nine minutes cost Australia at the Estádio Olímpico in Goiânia, Brazil, despite a spirited response from Trevor Morgan’s boys in their Group B tie on Saturday.

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Australia controlled 53 percent of possession and piled forward in search of a lifeline, which finally arrived in the 90th minute when Noah Botic fired into the roof of the Ecuador net.

Erick Pluas had given Ecuador the lead in the fourth minute and Anton Mlinaric put the ball into his own net five minutes later to give the South Americans a dream start.

Morgan's side threw everything at the South Americans in the closing moments but could not recover as Ecuador were left clinging on to take three points.

In Group B's other match, five-time champions Nigeria opened their campaign with a 4-2 win over Hungary.

Australia next play Hungary on Tuesday.

In Group A action, hosts Brazil enjoyed an emphatic start as they defeated Canada 4-1 while Angola beat New Zealand 2-1.

Asia's challenge continues on Sunday with Korea Republic playing Haiti in Group C while Japan will face Netherlands in Group D.

Asia's fourth representative Tajikistan open their campaign against Cameroon on Monday.

Sources: socceroos.com.au, FIFA via Getty Images