Portugal reaches knockout stage at U20 World Cup
Mario Rui scored in the first half to give Portugal a 1-0 win
over New Zealand on Friday and a berth in the second round of the
Under-20 World Cup.
Rui netted in the 31st minute, taking advantage of a well-timed
through ball by striker Nelson Oliveira. Rui got in front of the
New Zealand defenders inside the penalty area and placed a low
left-footed shot into the far corner.
The victory gave Portugal first place in Group B with seven
points from three matches, three points more than Cameroon, which
also advanced after beating Uruguay 1-0 in Bogota.
New Zealand and Uruguay ended with two points each. New Zealand
finished ahead of Uruguay on goal difference, so it may still
advance as one of the four-best third-place teams in each of the
six groups. Uruguay was eliminated.
Portugal controlled the action at the Pascual Guerrero stadium
in Cali, and New Zealand – needing a victory to be assured of a
place in the last 16 without depending on other results – relied
mostly on counterattacks.