Mexico, the USA, and Italy secured their respective spots in the FIFA U20 World Cup quarter-finals on Thursday in the Korea Republic.
At Sungui Park, the United States U20 side proved too strong for New Zealand as they hammered them 6-0 to book their quarter-final spot.
Joshua Sargent opened the scoring for the USA in the 32nd minute. New Zealand stayed within one goal until the break, but Jeremy Ebobisse and Brooks Lennon scored in the 64th and 65th minutes respectively to put the result beyond doubt.
However, the scoring continued as Justen Glad made it 4-0 before goals from Auston Trusty and Lagos Kunga completed the 6-0 thrashing, setting up a last-eight clash with Venezuela.
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Mexico left it late against Senegal in their last-16 clash at Incheon Stadium. Substitute Ronaldo Cisneros scored the winning goal in the 89th minute when he got on the end of Diego Aguilar’s cross and directed it home from close range for a 1-0 win.
Senegal were playing with only ten men at the time, after Alioune Gueye was sent off with a second yellow card in the 71st minute, and El Tri finally took advantage just before full-time to set up a quarter-final clash with England.
Meanwhile at Cheonan Sports Complex, Italy edged out old rivals France 2-1 to set up a quarter-final showdown with Zambia.
Riccardo Orsolini put the Italians in front in the 27th minute, but Jean Augustin slotted a penalty to level matters 10 minutes later. The teams were still locked at 1-1 at half-time, but the winning strike arrived only eight minutes into the second stanza as Giuseppe Panico netted the winner.