Brazil beat Nigeria 2-0 at the Ciudad de La Plata Stadium and finished first in Group D in the Under 20 World Cup, which had Italy as escort and the Africans as third, all three qualified for the round of 16.
The goals of the Brazilian team, who await one of the best third parties in the next round, were won in the first half by Jean Pedroso and Marquinhos. The Nigerians also qualified, albeit as one of the best third parties, and could be Argentina’s opponents in the round of 16.
Meanwhile, Italy secured second place in the zone by defeating the Dominican Republic 3-0 with a brace from Cesare Casadei and a goal from Giuseppe Ambrosino. The Italians, who surprised Brazil in their debut, will face the first team in group E, probably England.
In Group D, Israel achieved an agonizing qualification by beating Japan 2-1, despite trailing 1-0 to a goal from Isa Sakamoto and playing with a man down until the 75th minute. Roy Navi and Omer Senior scored the goals of the Israelis, who will face Uzbekistan in the round of 16. Meanwhile, Colombia eliminated Senegal by drawing them 1-1 with a goal by Oscar Cortés in the fifth minute of discount and now they expect a third in the next round.