Monday, 9 July 2007

u-20 World Cup Group Phase Completion Roundup

Five Latin American teams progressed to the knockout stages of the U-20 World Cup as the group games concluded last night.

Chile drew 0-0 with Austria in their final group game to setup a second round clash with Portugal.

Uruguay lost 2-0 to Zambia, but still progressed to face the USA in the second round.

Mexico finished their group with a 100% record after defeating New Zealand 2-1 thanks to goals from Christian Bermudez and Osmar Mares. They will play Congo in the second round.

Brazil were left hanging after losing 2-1 to the USA in their final group game. They were dependent on the results in other groups to gain one of the four best third place team spots. Fortunately for them, Costa Rica could only defeat Scotland 2-1 in their final group game, which meant Brazil progressed on goal difference. They will square up against the highely fancied Spainiards in the second round.

Argentina booked their place in the knockout stages with a 1-0 victory over Korea DPR, due to a spectacular freekick goal from Sergio Aguero. They will face Poland in the second round. Panama were not able to make it out of the same group after losing 2-1 to the Czech Republic.

The second round kicks off on the 11 July, fixtures can be found on the FIFA website here, with Eurosport coverage listed (strangly as Quarter Finals rather than Second Round) here.

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