African U-20 World Cup debutants Gambia beat New Zealand 1-0 on Thursday at Toronoto's National Soccer Stadium behind a lovely diving header from Ousmane Jallow in the 22nd minute.

The Baby Scorpions deserved their win on the balance of play, creating the better scoring opportunities over the course of the second match for both sides. In the first half, Jallow missed a gilt-edged opportunity from seven metres out to double the score, while Alagie Ngum saw a long-range effort clatter off the post. New Zealand also had their chances, however, with one of the best falling to Jeremy Brockie quarter of an hour from time. Put through by Craig Henderson following a swift counter-attack, Brockie saw his close-range effort blocked well by Gambia keeper Joseph Gomez.

The victory gives the Gambians a fighting chance to advance with their final Group C encounter coming against Portugal in Toronto on Sunday. New Zealand take on Mexico on the same day in Edmonton needing a miracle to get through.