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Europe, South America, Under 20s

England Scrape Through to Knockout Stages

Another 0-0 draw sees England qualify for the knockout stages of this year’s FIFA Under 20 World Cup.

Mexico were the unfortunate side to be held by England as Brian Eastick’s side drew their third successive game without scoring or conceding.

Both sides found the conditions a real struggle as a hot and humid Colombia begins to take it’s toll on the players.

This is a marvellous achievement for the England side who emerge from one of the toughest groups in the competition unscathed. Before this tournament the Young Lions could only dream of qualification from the group but it has now become a reality and England will be looking to go as far as they can.

At times England were lucky. Early in the first half, Mexico were awarded a penalty as Reece Wabara tripped Erick Torres inside the area. Taufic Guarch stepped up to the spot but Jack Butland made a magnificient save in order to keep the scores level.

Guarch had another golden chance later on in the half but Butland managed another fine save to once again save England.

Saido Berahino troubled the Mexico defence on several occasions as he has done throughout the tournament.

Argentina beat Korea DPR 2-0 in the other group game, therefore giving Mexico no chance of winning the group. News undoubtedly filtered through the players but the heat prevented a fast-paced finish to the game. This tempo suited England as they held firm to secure the draw that would see them through.

You can follow England Under 20s here on The Youth Radar and their journey through the knockout stages.

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About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.

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