The 16 teams in the race to the top have been confirmed.

Kim Eun-joong’s South Korea U-20 team drew 0-0 with the Gambia in their third match of Group F at the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023 at the Mendoza Stadium in Argentina on 29 June at 6:00am (local time).

With one win and two draws, South Korea (5 points) finished second in the group and advanced to the Round of 16. They will face Group B runners-up Ecuador in the round of 16. The Gambia (7 points), who topped Group F with two wins and a draw, will host Group E runners-up Uruguay.

The U-20 World Cup features a total of 24 nations in six groups of four teams. The four best performing teams from the first, second and third places in each group will make up the round of 16. The round of 16 has been finalised with the conclusion of Group F, which includes South Korea.먹튀검증

First up will be the USA and New Zealand at 2:30am on the 31st. The USA topped Pool B and New Zealand finished third in Pool A to earn a spot in the Round of 16. Uzbekistan and Israel will also meet on the same day. Uzbekistan finished second in Pool A, while Israel finished second in Pool C.

There will be four matches on Day 1. Brazil, ranked first in Group D, will face Tunisia, ranked third in Group E. In addition, Colombia, ranked first in Group C, and Slovakia, ranked third in Group B, will meet. Hosts and Group A leaders Argentina take on Group D third-placed Nigeria for a place in the quarter-finals. Group E champions England will take on Group D runners-up Italy in an epic clash.

Group F winners Gambia, who faced South Korea in the group stage, will face Group E runners-up Uruguay on the 2nd. On the same day, Group F runners-up South Korea will take on Group B runners-up Ecuador for a place in the quarter-finals. If South Korea defeat Ecuador, they will face the winner of Argentina-Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Japan eventually tasted the bitter taste of group stage elimination. Japan (3 points, -1) finished third in Group C with one win and two losses and will await the results of the other teams. However, they were beaten by Nigeria (6 pts), New Zealand (4 pts), Slovakia and Tunisia (3 pts, +1+) to reach the round of 16.

It was Japan’s first group stage exit in 22 years, since 2001. They have not qualified for four consecutive tournaments since 2009, but reached the round of 16 in both 2017 and 2019.

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