Mexico end their group games with a 4-1 win, with Colombia, Turkey & Paraguay also through
FIFA U20 World Cup
Friday 28 June 2013
Greece advanced to the last 16 as Group D winners after their 1-1 draw with Paraguay in one of the two early kick–offs in Turkey on Friday night, but it was the drawing of lots that actually took them through.
The draw with the South Americans left both teams through with identical records; the same points, goals for and goals against.
Neither side needed to win to progress once it became clear Mali were losing so comprehensively to Mexico.
But the ten-man South Americans, who had captain Gustavo Gomez sent off after 24 minutes, came from behind to claim a good point.
Dimitrios Diamantakos headed Greece n front with 22 minutes to go before Paraguay’s stunning equaliser through substitute Brian Montenegro just five minutes later.
Greece will now stay in Gaziantep to play one of the best third-place teams, while Paraguay will head to Antalya to play the winners of Group E.
Mexico, meanwhile have given themselves an outside chance of qualification after a 4-1 win over Mali marked their first of the tournament.
Goals from Marco Bueno, Jesus Corona, Jesus Escoboza and Uvaldo Luna secured victory and now they must wait on the results from other groups to see if they progress. Mali’s goal came from Bakary Nimaga.
The evening two-match schedule started with hosts Turkey setting up a last-16 match against France by sending Australia home after their 2-1 win over the men from Down Under.
Australia took the lead through Jamie MacLaren, but Hakan Calhanoglu hit back before a great late chip from Okay Yokuslu did the business for a delirious Turkey side.
Colombia topped Group C, however, as they completed a comfortable 3-0 win over El Salvador, who look certain to be out now despite finishing third.
Goals from Andres Reneria, Jhon Cordoba and Juan Quintero gave the South American U-20 champions a convincing return for their efforts.