New Zealand lose in final game at men’s U-17 tournament in Japan

New Zealand have completed their three-match tournament in Japan with a 2-0 loss to FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup rivals Venezuela.

Venezuela scored a goal in each half at Denka Big Swan Stadium to beat the New Zealand U-17 side and win the 25th International Youth Soccer tournament in Niigata, having gone through the event unbeaten.

Main photo: New Zealand U-17… lost to tournament winners Venezuela.

New Zealand and Venezuela have been drawn in the same group at the World Cup in Indonesia.

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The tournament, between Japan, regional side Niigata, Venezuela and New Zealand was used for sides to prepare for the World Cup.

The Venuzuela-New Zealand match was live-streamed by Japan’s TeNY TV Niigata.

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Games played on Monday September 18, 2023

Venezuela 2
New Zealand 0

Japan 5
Niigata 1

Final standings

New Zealand’s starting line-up against Venezuela.

New Zealand squad

Max Argent (Perth Glory, Australia)
Ruben Argent (Perth Glory, Australia)
Victor Barbosa (Auckland United, New Zealand)
Josh Brown (Western Suburbs, New Zealand)
Anaru Cassidy (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)
Raphael Conway (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)
Luka Coveny (Western United, Australia)
Noah Dupont (West Bromwich Albion, England)
Matt Foord (Cashmere Technical, New Zealand)
Dylan Gardiner (Hamilton Wanderers, New Zealand)

Marley Leuluai (Burnley, England)
Mac Prathumphithak (Christchurch United, New Zealand)
Fletcher Pratt (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)
Luke Mitchell (Hamilton Wanderers, New Zealand)
Gabriel Sloane Rodrigues (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)
Luke Supyk (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)
Nathan Walker (Fencibles United, New Zealand)
Adam Watson (Stoke City, England)

Head coach: Martin Bullock

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