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U20 World Cup Update

After a night of action in the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey, New Zealand and Egypt know they will head home after the group stages while surprise packages of Iraq and Uzbekistan top Group E and F respectively.

Group E

Iraq came from a goal behind to beat Egypt 2-1 at the Akdeniz University Stadium on Wednesday night and top Group E of the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup.

Egypt took an early lead through Hassan Ahmed who headed home in the 28th minute, 1-0.

But Iraq were not to be outdone and hit back five minutes later through Ammar Abdulhussein who charged forward unchallenged from midfield and smashed a low shot into the bottom right-hand corner from 25 yards out, 1-1.

Iraq continued to pile on the pressure for the rest of the match and stole victory in the 79th minute as Mohanad Abdulraheem showed some impressive skill, beating a couple of players before producing a clinical finish to give his side the win, 2-1.

The result coupled with the other scorline from Group E earlier in the day which saw Chile and England play to a 1-1 draw means Iraq top the group while Egypt will bow out of the tournament with a game to spare.

The other Group E game saw England salvage a 1-1 draw after Chile took the lead in the 32nd minute through Nicolas Castillo.

Harry Kane scored the equaliser for England in the 64th minute for a result that sees England in third place in the group and still with a chance to qualify for the knockout stages, while Chile occupy second place.

Group F

A competent performance from Uruguay with a goal in each half saw the South Americans register their first win at the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup as they beat New Zealand 2-0 in a Group F match at the Atatürk Stadium on Wednesday night.

The result coupled with Uzbekistan’s 1-1 draw against Croatia at the same venue later in the day meant that the South Americans stayed in third place in the group on three points.

Uzbekistan occupy top spot with four points, the same tally as Croatia in second, but with a superior goal difference.

New Zealand, on the other hand, with two defeats from two games, will head home at the end of the group stages.

Goals from Giorgian De Arrascaeta in the fourth minute and Nicolas Lopez in the 75th minute handed Uruguay the 2-0 win over New Zealand.

The other game saw Uzbekistan take the lead in the 24th minute through Sardor Rakhmanov before Marko Livaja equalised for Croatia in the 65th minute.

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