U-20 World Cup roundup: Germany, Brazil qualify for last 16; Fiji make history


Four more games took place in New Zealand on Thursday and two more teams booked their spot in the last 16 of the tournament.

Both Germany and Brazil made it two wins from two to make it into the knockout stages, as they join the U.S. and Portugal in qualifying after their first two group games. Plus there was a shock win for the tiny island nation of Fiji in Group F, as they won their first-ever U-20 World Cup match.

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Here’s a quick look at what happened in all four games.

Nigeria 4-0 North Korea

Godwin Saviour scored twice in three minutes at the start of the second half to give Nigeria a 2-0 lead and late goals from Kingsley Sokari and Issac Success sealed the dominant win. A win for the Super Eagles in their final Group E game against Hungary will see them through to the knockout stages, while North Korea must beat Brazil to have any chance.

Hungary 1-2 Brazil

Speaking of Brazil, the Selecao recovered from an early Bence Mervo goal for Hungary to win 2-1 and qualify for the last 16. Danilo equalized in the 70th minute and an 86th minute penalty from Andreas Pereira secured the rousing comeback. Hungary now go into a showdown with Nigeria for the final automatic spot in Group E.

Germany 3-0 Uzbekistan

The Germans are through to the last 16 too as another big win sent the pre-tournament favorites into the knockout stages. Marc Stendera put them 1-0 up in the first half and Kevin Akpoguma added another after the break before Stendera scored his second and Germany’s third to round things off.

Honduras 0-3 Fiji

It was an historical day for Fiji as the nation ranked 196th in the world secured their first-ever win in the U-20 World Cup tournament. The Fijians were 3-0 up at half time as CONCACAF side Honduras crumbled in Christchurch. Iosefo Verevou scored his second goal of the tournament to put them on their way, Saul Waqa then added a second and an own goal from Kevin Alvarez made it 3-0 at the break. Hondruas could not recover but both teams got into their final group game with a good chance of making the knockout stages either through a second or third place finish in Group F.