Mexico vs. Greece: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview for FIFA U-20 Match

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2013

Photo courtesy of the Mexican Football Federation
Photo courtesy of the Mexican Football Federation

Mexico and Greece begin their treks at the 2013 Under-20 World Cup with what should be an intriguing matchup.

Both countries will be looking to finish at the top of Group D. The group also includes Mali and Paraguay, so it's definitely up for grabs.

With only three matches in the group stage, teams won't want to be starting off with a loss. It only makes things that much tougher in the next two matches.

Here's a quick preview of Mexico vs. Greece.

When: Saturday, June 22, at 11 a.m. ET

Where: Kamil Ocak Stadium, Gaziantep, Turkey

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3

What's at Stake

As with the group stage of any international tournament, it's important to pick up three points early. You can't decide your fate after only one match, but you can certainly send it in one direction.

With a win, a team will pretty much need only a draw in the final two matches to at least get through to the knockout stage. A loss doesn't doom you to an early exit, but it leaves you with a lot of work to do in your final two matches.

The highest-ranked third-place teams will also advance, so it's important to pick up as many points as possible while keeping the goal differential very friendly as well.

For Greece, this is an opportunity to build upon the success of the 2013 Under-19 Euros. They did very well, and the future looks bright for Greek football. That's in stark contrast to the state of the Greek Super League, as clubs are having money problems as the nation's economy has tanked.

Mexico will want to continue dominating at the youth level. El Tri finished third at the 2011 U-20 World Cup and won gold at the 2011 Pan American Games. The country has completely revamped its youth system, and the results have been very impressive. The success and talent is there for everyone to see.

Mexico Player to Watch: Jesus Corona

If you're looking for a dynamic playmaker, look no further than Jesus Corona. The winger is a tremendous talent who can score or set up his teammates.

Corona played a big part in the Mexico team that won the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. He scored three goals in the tournament, including the first against the United States in the final.

The 20-year-old has also been very good for Monterrey. Corona scored two goals in his club's three FIFA Club World Cup matches and two in nine CONCACAF Champions League matches.

This tournament is a chance for Corona's stock to really soar.

Greece Player to Watch: Kostas Stafylidis

Kostas Stafylidis was one of the key players when Greece made the 2012 European U-19 Championship final. They eventually lost to Spain, but it was a great move forward for Greek football. Stafylidis finished with two assists.

The 19-year-old will be moving to Bayer Leverkusen this summer and spent the past season at PAOK. He scored a goal in 18 Super League matches.

Much like any young full-back, Stafylidis will have to learn to balance the attack with defending. He can sometimes get beat in behind when he's too far forward and can't track back fast enough.


Mexico will have too much talent in the attack. Along with Corona, El Tri will be able to rely on Marco Bueno, who nabbed a couple of goals at the CONCACAF Championship as well.

They'll be able to control possession and limit Greece's opportunities. At this level, physicality is often the biggest decider, but that won't be able to overcome the talent gap.

El Tri should be able to cruise to victory.

Mexico 2, Greece 0


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