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Bevan belter boosts Kiwi knockout hopes

New Zealand's Myer Bevan celebrates his goal. Image: FIFA via Getty
  • Myer Bevan scores stunner after 45 seconds
  • First win for New Zealand leaves them second in Group E
  • Bevan and Hunter Ashworth hit other goals in 3-1 victory

A Myer Bevan screamer set New Zealand on the way to a convincing 3-1 win over Honduras to boost their chances of reaching the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 knockout stages.

It took absolutely no time at for the game to explode into life, as with just 45 seconds on the clock, Bevan broke from midfield and unleashed an absolute rocket from wide on the right of the area. It crashed in off the bar and gave New Zealand’s hopes of qualification for the next round a serious dose of optimism.

Honduras were unsurprisingly stunned. And, when Hunter Ashworth looped his header over Javier Delgado to make it 2-0, they really were reeling. Foslyn Grant got pulses racing for the Central Americans as he tried a spectacular overhead kick but it was Jorge Alvarez who provided hope. Darixon Vuelto looked to have spurned a great chance as he lobbed Michael Woud and hit the bar but the Olimpia midfielder made not mistake with the follow-up.

It was optimism short-lived, though, as a tangle in the box at a corner handed Bevan the chance for his brace from the spot. He duly accepted, to leave New Zealand on the brink of the last 16.

Story courtesy of FIFA

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