FOOTBALL NEWS

29/06/2013 20:40, Report by Adam Bostock

South Americans progress

Manchester United's contingent of players at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup was reduced from five to two on Saturday when England bowed out while Chile and Uruguay progressed.

The latter did so in style, beating Uzbekistan 4-0 with new Reds defender Guillermo Varela playing the full 90 minutes as goals from Gino Acevedo, Nicolas Lopez, Giorgian Dearrascaeta and Ruben Bentancourt booked a last-16 place for the South Americans.

Varela and his compatriots will take on Nigeria in the knock-out stages, while Chile - for whom United striker Angelo Henriquez was a second-half substitute on Saturday - have got a tough tie in prospect against Croatia.

The Chileans finished runners-up in their group after losing 2-1 to Iraq, with Henriquez among the first-choice players rested by coach Mario Salas until his entrance in the 58th minute. Moments later, Saif Salman scored the winner; the score at half-time had been 1-1 after Chile's Felipe Mora cancelled out Mahdi Kamil's opener.

England, meanwhile, were eliminated by losing 2-0 to Egypt, despite starting with all three United representatives - goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, defender Tom Thorpe and midfielder Larnell Cole - on the field.

It was a tale of missed opportunities for Peter Taylor's team, with Tottenham youngster Harry Kane spurning several chances before Trezeget and Hassan Ahmed grabbed late goals for the underdogs. The Egyptians are, however, also out of the tournament and will join England in flying home from Turkey at the end of the group stage.

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