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.