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Knockout stage set for Under-20 World Cup

By Stephen Wade

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Aug. 6 2011 9:40 p.m. MDT

Croatia's Ivan Lendric lies on the pitch at the end of a U-20 World Cup Group D soccer match against Guatemala in Armenia, Colombia, Saturday Aug. 6, 2011. Guatemala won 1-0.

Fernando Llano, Associated Press

BOGOTA, Colombia — The knockout stage of the Under-20 World Cup was set on Saturday with three teams — Ecuador, Costa Rica and Guatemala — completing the round of 16.

Ecuador defeated Costa Rica 3-0 to grab second place in Group C. Costa Rica also advanced as one of the best four third-place teams. The top two in the six groups advance automatically.

In another Group C game, Spain demolished Australia 5-1 to finish atop the group with a perfect record.

Guatemala beat Croatia 1-0 to finish third in Group D, advancing as one of the best third-place teams. In another Group D match, Nigeria downed Saudi Arabia 2-0 to finish atop the group. Saudi Arabia was second.

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