Goals aplenty in Korea group stage
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With some of the world's most promising youngsters on display, the FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007 was always going to be a tournament to appeal to fans around the globe. For those lucky enough to be in the stadiums, or to see live coverage of the games on FIFA.com, they have been treated to a feast of football in the 36 matches so far.

The only major disappointment is the exit of the hosts at the first stage. A crowd of 27,112 turned up in Suwon for their first game against Peru, but they went home disappointed after seeing their side slip to a 1-0 defeat through Carlos Bazalar's 29th-minute goal. Another defeat against Costa Rica swiftly followed with the 2-1 win over Togo in their final game ultimately proving worthless.

The first stage could not have been more contrasting in fortunes for their neighbours from the north of the peninsula. With England seemingly heading for victory in their opening match, up popped Rim Mun Chol to score an 89th-minute equaliser and prompt incredible scenes of jubilation from their entire 21-man squad and coaching staff. The local supporters in Jeju also rose to congratulate Korea DPR who gained a deserved point against the eventual winners of Group B.

The Three Lions certainly have an excellent coach in John Peacock. The FA's Head of Coaching is a shrewd tactician and has his players extremely well prepared for each game. Against Brazil, his plan worked to perfection, but in the Round of 16 they will face a Syria side who held Argentina to a goalless draw and only lost to Spain in the final minute of the match. Indeed, it was Spain who finished as Group C winners, beating the Albiceleste into first place.

There was joy for two African sides: Tunisia and Nigeria, who were the only teams to record three successive victories in the group stages. France, Japan and Haiti had no answer to the Eaglets pace and power in Group D while Tunisia enjoyed wins over Belgium, Tajikistan and USA in Group E. The latter group also witnessed one of the most surprising results in a FIFA competition to date: Tajikistan 4-3 USA.

Meanwhile, Group F containing Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Trinidad and Tobago was the group of goals, with no fewer than 29 scored in the six games between the teams. Ultimately, it was the Europeans who finished at the section's summit thanks to a 3-2 victory over Ghana in Cheonan.

For eight teams, namely, Togo, New Zealand, Honduras, Haiti, Japan, Belgium, Trinidad and Tobago and the hosts their Korea 2007 is sadly over. But the final 16 are busy preparing for the knockout stage which takes place on Wednesday and Thursday.

As FIFA.com secures exclusive interviews from the players and coaches involved in the Round of 16, we take a look back at each of the groups, which you can read by clicking on the links to the right. Each of the reports has a unique photo gallery and video highlights, which you can access free of charge.