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NZ Under 21 Men open with strong win

NZ Under 21 Men open with strong win

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<p>The New Zealand Under 21 Men have opened with a 1-0 victory over Japan at the Junior World Cup</p>
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The New Zealand Under 21 Men have opened with a 1-0 victory over Japan at the Junior World Cup in Lucknow.<br>
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It was a tight encounter which saw both sides create plenty of scoring opportunities, with Ollie Logan delivering the game winner with a 55<sup>th</sup> minute penalty corner drag flick.<br>
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Kiwi goalkeeper Thomas Mallon had an outstanding game and alongside his back four, kept a clean sheet under huge pressure from Japan who had nine penalty corners but were stopped every time.<br>
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The result sees New Zealand take away three points with two games to play in the pool phase with only the top two moving through to the quarter finals.<br>
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Man of the Match Logan said it was pleasing to open the tournament with a win.<br>
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“It’s great to come away with maximum points from our opening game. We came in with a lot of information on Japan, we knew what we needed to do and came away with a result which is great for us.<br>
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“We’ve got some very good flickers in the team so to be able to play my part and put one into the net was a really good feeling.”<br>
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The New Zealand Under 21s are back in action in their second game at the Junior World Cup when they take on Germany on Saturday at 1:30am (NZ time), with live coverage on SKY Sport.<br>
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NEW ZEALAND 1:</strong> (Ollie Logan)<br>
<strong>JAPAN 0</strong><br>
Halftime: 0-0<br>
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