ISTANBUL (AP) — The United States improved its chances of reaching the knockout stage of the Under-20 World Cup, tying France 1-1 Monday on an 85th-minute goal by substitute Daniel Cuevas.
"I feel like they were confused," he said. "They couldn't get the ball out and luckily it took a bounce my way and I got to push it in."
With France and Spain having won their openers, the U.S. needs a victory in its final match against Ghana to advance outright. But it could still advance as one of the four best third-place teams.
"Our team is very united and we are always together and pushing forward," Cuevas said. "If things don't go our way, we keep trying and keep trying until they do. Luckily we got the tie."
Spain beat Ghana 1-0 in a lackluster match on Monday to secure a spot in the next round. In the other early game in Group B, Nigeria defeated Cuba 3-0, with Aminu Umar scoring twice in four minutes.
France appeared set to beat the Americans and advance after Yaya Sanogo scored his second goal of the tournament. His penalty in the 48th minute came after Dimitri Foulquier was sideswiped by America's Javan Torre in the penalty area.