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Colombia seals pass to the next phase of the U-20 World Cup

Colombia seals pass to the next phase of the U-20 World Cup

In Dunedin, Colombia fell to Portugal (3-1) but still advanced as the second place team in Group C and now face the United States next Wednesday for a place in the quarterfinals.

The Portuguese goals in the clash between European and South American runners-up came with a powerful left-footed free kick from Nuno Santos (3) and a double from striker André Silva (55, 67), the first a penalty after he was fouled by goalkeeper Alvaro Montero.

Attacker Rafael Santos Borré scored pulled one back with a left-footed cross after a nice assist from Jarlan Barrera (74).

Portugal, world champion in 1989 and 1991, thus got the top spot in the group with a perfect score and now will face the third best team from group A, B or F, on Thursday in Hamilton.

The group finished with Portugal on top with 9 points, Colombia with 4, the same as Senegal but with a better goal difference, while Qatar was left without points. However, the Senegalese may still have a chance to move on as they may still be one of the best third place teams from the six groups.

Other teams passing on

The other two teams that met on Saturday in the penultimate round of the group stage, were Serbia, which won the group of death, and Mali, who drew 1-1 with Uruguay, leaving both tied on points in the table. Through a draw the Africans are one of the four best third place teams of the competition.

The most excitement of the day focused on the definition of Group D, as all the teams in the group had a chance to move on to the next stage.

In the end, Serbia finished first with six points, followed by Uruguay and Mali with four points, while the Mexicans closed the group with three.