England wins group at U-20 World Cup, beats South Korea 1-0

England advanced to the knockout stage of the Under-20 World Cup by beating host South Korea 1-0 on Friday.

England’s Kieran Dowell, second from left, celebrates his goal against South Korea during the Group A match in the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea 2017 on Friday.   -  AP

England advanced to the knockout stage of the Under-20 World Cup by beating host South Korea 1-0 on Friday.

Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell scored the only goal in the 56th minute, back-heeling a pass to Jonjoe Kelly and then positioning himself for the return pass and a shot into the far corner.

England won Group A with seven points, one more than South Korea. Argentina ended up in third place after beating Guinea 5-0 for its first win of the tournament. The Argentines still have a chance to advance.

The top two teams from each of the six groups and the four best third-place finishers advance to the next round. The final is set for June 11 in Suwon.

In Group B, Venezuela kept its perfect record by beating Mexico 1-0. But the Mexicans stayed in second place and advanced even though Germany defeated Vanuatu 3-2 to also finish the group stage with four points.

The Germans led 3-0 before the late comeback attempt and will have to wait to see if it progresses.

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