Fifa U-20 World Cup: Uruguay, England, South Korea, Gambia and Tunisia round out sweet 16

France, Honduras, and Iraq were eliminated in the final day of the group stage

The line-up of national youth football teams that will play the FIFA U-20 World Cup round of 16 was defined on Sunday after four matches that marked the end of the group phase. 

Uruguay (1) – Tunisia (0)

Uruguay beat Tunisia 1-0 with a penalty in the second minute of added time, securing a second place in Group E behind England. Tunisia also made it through to the next stage on the basis of the results of other matches.

When the ball hit Tunisian captain Ouahabi’s hand a minute into stoppage time, the Spanish referee awarded a penalty that Franco Gonzalez converted into a goal.

France (3) – Honduras (1)

France beat Honduras 3-1 at the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata Diego Maradona, but were one goal short of finishing as one of the best third-placed teams. Both sides were eliminated from the U20 World Cup.

Gambia (0) – South Korea (0)

Yesterday, Gambia and South Korea played out a goalless draw in a match between two teams ranked first and second in Group F, respectively. Gambia played the more aggressive game, but the Korean defense was able to fend off their attacks throughout. 

England (0) – Iraq (0)

England and Iraq drew in a goalless match in La Plata that rounded out the Group E games. It consolidated the English as leaders (with seven points), while the Iraqis were eliminated. Iraq’s youth team were unable to make the most of the support of the 12,122 spectators who showed up to support them against England in the Stadium. England will now meet Italy in the next round.

The match wasn’t without some near misses: In the 32nd minute, England pressed forward, Samuel Edozie headed towards the goal, eluded the goalkeeper and converted the goal, but it was disallowed for an offside call by the assistant and ratified by the VAR.

Later, a foul in the box on Edozie was noticed by the VAR and the New Zealand referee awarded a penalty. Liam Delap struck a powerful low shot across the face of goal but keeper Hassan did well to keep it out for a corner.

Upcoming matches

May 30 in Mendoza: 

14:30: USA-New Zealand.

18:00: Uzbekistan-Israel.

Wednesday 31 May:

In La Plata

14:30: Brazil-Tunisia 

18:00: England-Italy

In San Juan 

14.30: Colombia-Slovakia

18.00: Argentina-Nigeria 

June 1 in Santiago del Estero: 

14:30: Gambia-Uruguay.

18:00: Ecuador-South Korea


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