The final round of matches in the group stage of the 2013 U-20 World Cup commenced on Saturday, as Uruguay, Croatia, Iraq and TEAM X all emerged victorious.
Uruguay went on to a resounding victory, while Croatia, Iraq and TEAM X went on to close victories.
As we look ahead to the last 16, here's how it all went down on Saturday.
Day 9 FIFA U-20 2013 World Cup Scores/Goals
|Uruguay 4, Uzbekistan 0|| |
|Croatia 2, New Zealand 1||
Ante Rebic (75')
Louis Fenton (84', Pen)
|Iraq 2, Chile 1|| |
|Egypt 2, England 0||
Ahmed Hassan (90'+3')
*Information via FIFA.com.
Uruguay 4, Uzbekistan 0
Nicolas Lopez and Uruguay rolled over Uzbekistan on Saturday, 4-0, finishing second in Group F and setting up a last-16 clash with Nigeria.
Lopez not only scored the second goal of the game, he also assisted in another.
The barrage began when Gino Acevedo knocked it home in the 38th minute. Lopez followed with the second goal of the game in the 47th minute. Giorgian de Arrascaeta posted another goal in the 64th minute. By the time Ruben Bentancourt finished in the 77th minute, Uruguay had a commanding lead.
Acevedo's goal in particular was a thing of beauty.
Uzbekistan got off nine shots (three on goal) against Uruguay (per FIFA.com), but ultimately wasn't able to convert its opportunities. Uzbekistan also held possession for 51 percent of the match, but it didn't matter. All four of Uruguay's shots on goal found net.
Croatia 2, New Zealand 1
Croatia defeated New Zealand on Saturday, 2-1, to finish first in Group F and comfortably advance to the last 16.
Stipe Perica got the Croatians on the board early in the 11th minute. Off a cross from Mato Milos, Perica was able to head the ball into net uncontested, as New Zealand's Max Crocombe found himself well out of position.
The teams battled back and forth from there. New Zealand had plenty of chances off of corner kicks, but the finishing ball evaded the side time and time again. New Zealand got off 15 shots, including nine on goal (per FIFA.com), but few attempts were too much of a challenge for Croatia goalkeeper Simon Sluga.
With the match hanging in the balance late, Ante Rebic made the Kiwis pay in the 75th minute, finding the corner of the net after he was given space by the New Zealand defense.
Louis Fenton's response in the 84th minute off a penalty was too little, too late for the Kiwis.
Croatia registered 16 shots—including 11 on goal—and held possession for 62 percent of the match.
Iraq 2, Chile 1
Iraq emerged with a 2-1 victory over Chile on Saturday.
Iraq struck first, as Mahdi found goal in the 15th minute.
In the 28th minute, Chile's Mora responded, knotting the match up at one goal apiece. But Iraq's Saif Salman put the Iraqis up for good in the 67th minute.
Chile held possession for 54 percent of the match, getting off 13 shots (seven on goal), but wasn't able to emerge against Iraq, per FIFA.com. Iraq registered 10 shots (nine on goal).
Egypt 2, England 0
With an opportunity to advance to the last 16 with a win on Saturday, England ultimately fell to the Egyptians, 2-0. England will not make it out of the group stage.
The teams battled back and forth throughout the match, but neither side was able to gain a distinct advantage until Egypt's Trezeget found net in the 79th minute.
Egypt added to the misery in stoppage time, as Ahmed Hassan swung home a goal in the end.
England had plenty of opportunities to score on Saturday, registering 19 shots (including 10 on goal), per FIFA.com. But the English never were able to convert in a frustrating day for the side.
Egypt held the ball for 52 percent of the match.
Neither England nor Egypt advances to the second stage.
Uruguay goes on to face Nigeria in the second stage. Croatia goes on to face Chile. Iraq will face Paraguay; Uzbekistan will face Greece.
New Zealand, England and Egypt go home early.