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South Korea beats USA to advance at U20 WCup

SOUTH Korea beat the United States 3-0 to book its place in the knockout round of the Under-20 World Cup yesterday, while Germany showed its title credentials by easing past Cameroon 3-0 to finish top of its group.

Ghana drew 2-2 against Uruguay, with a goal in each half from Mohammed Rabiu and Ransford Osei, and England scored for the first time in nine games at this tournament to tie 1-1 with Uzbekistan.

But England went home along with a dispirited Cameroon team.

"They have been very disappointing, which is even more disappointing because they play in good clubs," Cameroon coach Alain Wabo said. "I don't really want to go into it. Let's just say today was one of those days."

In Wabo's scathing assessment of his team, he went as far as to say none of the Young Lions are good enough to break into the Indomitable Lions squad in the next two years.

"It's not possible. They will have to wait longer than that," he said.

Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely scored England's first goal at the under-20s since Jamie Carragher's effort 12 years ago.

South Korea scored through Kim Young-gwon, Kim Bo-kyung and Koo Ja-cheol's penalty after Italian referee Roberto Rosetti sent off Ike Opara. After each goal in Suez, the players knelt down in front of coach Hong Myung-bo.

"Our players had a strong will to win," the coach said. "We showed a better mentality than the United States."

U.S. coach Thomas Rongen did not look for excuses.

"The harsh reality is that we simply were not good enough," he said.

Germany finished with seven points and South Korea also qualified with four. Rongen hopes the United States could yet qualify as one of the four best third-placed teams. Friday's results mean Nigeria has taken one of the slots.

In Ismailia, Germany hardly broke sweat against a Cameroon side lacking in confidence and posing little threat.

Germany took the lead in the 41st minute when Richard Sukuta-Pasu headed in a free kick from the right, and Thomas Noerenberg's team added goals through Semih Aydilek and Lewis Holtby.

"There's no secret, just good organization and tactics," Germany captain Florian Jungwirth said. "I think we can win here."

Uruguay and Ghana battled through a tense first half to the incessant sound of banging drums.

Uruguay looked to have the edge in the first half, but Ghana came out strongly and took the lead after Rabiu's powerful run and shot in the 54th. Osei made it 2-0 in the 70th when he expertly turned in Abeiku Quansah's cross.

Nicolas Lodeiro smacked a shot into the roof of the net to make it 2-1 in the 74th. Moments later, Rabiu was sent off for a wild lunge and had to be consoled by captain Andre Ayew before trudging off with his shirt pulled over his head.

Striker Abel Hernandez made it 2-2 with a poacher's effort in injury time.

Officials from Brazil watched the match because the South American powerhouse will play Uruguay if it wins Group E.

Brazil plays Australia on Saturday, while group rival Czech Republic takes on Costa Rica.

In Group F, South Africa must beat Honduras to qualify, while Honduras needs a draw.

Hungary needs only a draw against United Arab Emirates, which has already qualified.


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