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U.S. learns U-20 World Cup group; Mexico draw brutal mates

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The United States U-20 men’s national team knows its group stage opponents for this summer’s World Cup in Poland.

Nigeria, Qatar, and Ukraine are the Baby Yanks’ Group D mates, and now Tab Ramos can begin a proper plan for a tournament run.

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The U.S. has twice made the quarterfinals of the tournament (2015, 2017) after a poor group stage in 2013 and a failure to qualify altogether in 2011.

The draw was far less kind to Mexico, who will face Italy, Ecuador, and Japan.

Two teams from every group advance out of the stage, while four of six third place teams will also make the knockout rounds.

USMNT forward Josh Sargent will be eligible but hasn’t been called up by the side since March due to senior team obligations.

Italy, England book last two U-20 World Cup semi spots (video)

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The semifinals are set at the U-20 World Cup in South Korea, and it’s going to be CONMEBOL versus UEFA for the title come Sunday in Suwon.

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Uruguay and Venezuela booked their date in the semi on Sunday, and are going to be joined by two of the bigger names in European football.

Mexico 0-1 England

Soon-to-be Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke scored the lone goal as England set-up a Thursday semifinal against Italy in Jeonju.

Italy 3-2 Zambia

It took extra time for Italy’s 10-man squad to take care of the last remaining CAF squad. AC Milan’s Luca Vido nabbed the winner in the 111th minute after Federico Dimarco (Inter Milan) and Riccardo Orsolini (Juventus) scored in regulation.

England, Zambia, Uruguay all advance to U20 World Cup quarterfinals

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Ademola Lookman produced flashes of brilliance for Everton this season, and the England Under-20 attacker put on a show in South Korea on Wednesday.

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Lookman scored a pair of goals, including one where he made a shifty move to avoid two defenders before finishing through the goalkeepers legs as England held on for a 2-1 win over Costa Rica in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup Round of 16. With the win, England advances to the quarterfinals where it will face either Mexico or Senegal on June 5.

Elsewhere, Zambia stunned the world with a 4-3 win over Germany after extra time as Shemmy Mayembe’s goal proved to be the difference. It was a back and forth game as Germany took a 1-0 lead with Philipp Ochs’ brilliant free kick before Zambia scored three-straight goals, including one that zoomed right past the body of German goalkeeper Svend Brodersen.

But the Germans battled back, scoring in the 89th and 94th minutes to force extra time, where they ultimately conceded in the second half.

Earlier in the day, Uruguay advanced to the U-20 World Cup quarterfinals by way of a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Uruguay captain Nicolas De La Cruz scored the game’s only goal from the penalty spot.

Here’s highlights from Wednesday’s U-20 World Cup action:

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