Argentina were heavy favourites heading into their opening match against Honduras in Abuja, but the South American giants didn't have things all their own way in a 1-0 win over the Central American minnows at the National Stadium.
The opening game of these U-17 world finals, played in the heavy humidity of the Nigerian capital, began with the fancied Argentines predictably bossing possession while Honduras, by far the underdogs of a powerful Group A, looked to be on their way to being found out early. But as the half progressed, the Central American hopefuls slowly began to haul themselves into the game with Nestor Martinez and Oscar Padilla both going close to scoring and causing serious problems in the Argentina rearguard. The best chance of the first period fell to the Martinez, of Tegucigalpa giants Olimpia, who slammed his curling free-kick off the junction of post and crossbar on the half-hour mark.
Argentina looked a far better side in the second half, though, and Boca Juniors prodigy Araujo hit the only goal in the 58th minute. The young gun received the ball well after some good approach work from Adrian Cirigliano and Sebastian Gonzalez, guiding his shot deftly inside the far post. The scorer, perhaps on his way to becoming one of the shining stars of the competition, was withdrawn by coach Jose Luis Brown on 70 minutes as the match deteriorated due to a massive rainstorm that soaked the pitch and slowed the ball movement to a crawl.
Argentina move to the top of the section, for the time being at least, and will meet Germany in their next match on 27 October. The Hondurans, who can take heart from a determined opener, will meet the host Nigerians in the late game that same day.