New Zealand’s Oceania neighbours New Caledonia have been overrun 10-0 in their opening Group C match at the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup in Indonesia.
For England, it was their biggest-ever win at an U-17 World Cup finals, eclipsing their previous best victory, a 5-0 win against New Zealand in 2007.
England’s job was made easier by the sending off of New Caledonia’s Nolhann Alebate at the start of the second-half, when the player was involved in an off-the-ball incident against England’s Myles Lewis-Skelly.
After the match, England’s Justin Oboavwoduo said: “We wanted to win the game by a convincing margin. It was important we made a statement. Personally, when you come to competitions like this, you want to open your [goalscoring] account early and get into good habits. It was good for me to score two, even if I would have loved to have scored more!”
Main photo credit: Alex Caparros / FIFA / Getty Images.
New Caledonia’s next group match is against Brazil, who lost their opening game 1-0 to Iran.
Game played on Sunday November 12, 2023 (NZT)
New Caledonia 0
England 10 (Reiss Denny 16′ pen), Justin Oboavwoduo 30′, 57′, Tyler Dibling 35′, Josh-Kofi Acheampong 45’+4′, Sam Amo-Ameyaw 51′, Ethan Nwaneri 78′, own goal 80′, Harrison Murray-Campbell 85′, Finley McAllister 90’+1′)
You can watch the full match replay here:
Game to be played on Sunday November 12, 2023
New Zealand v Venezuela
Si Jalak Harupat Stadium, Bandung (10pm, NZT)
You can watch the live-stream free here: