England leapfrogged Uruguay to finish at the top of Group C with a 2-0 victory over the South Americans in Torreon at the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Having already secured their passage through to the knockout round, Uruguay and England were able to step off the accelerator a bit in their final group contest. Uruguayan coach Fabian Coito rested many of his starters with an eye on the round of 16 ahead, while England included key attacking options Hallam Hope, Nick Powell and Blair Turgott in their starting XI.
After a rather quiet start to the match, England showed the first moment of brilliance in attack with Turgott crossing in from the right side, but the effort was cleaned-up by the Uruguayan defence. Uruguay’s Sebastian Canobera responded just a minute later, with a long-range effort, but goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was able to extinguish the threat.
The English then assumed control of the match as Powell assaulted the Uruguayan backline. The striker lacked a finishing touch, however, and Uruguay threatened at the other end through Guillermo Mendez, who had Pickford bobbling his shot taken from 40 metres out. And despite a glaring miss from Hallam Hope, whose try went wide of the right post, England took a last-minute lead into the break as defender Nathaniel Chalobah coolly nodded in a Jake Caskey corner.
Uruguay came out firing several chances early on in the second half, only to have them blocked by a stingy English defence. Sergio Cortelezzi, searching for an equaliser, forced Pickford into some vital saves on 55 minutes, but it was the English who added to their tally. Forward Max Clayton received a fine pass from Hope, and tapped home from close in to give England a two-goal cushion in the 58th minute, and some insurance to secure their first-place finish at the top of Group C. Uruguay were unable to muster any real threat as the second half progressed, and were made to settle for second-place in the section.
Though the match was meaningless in terms of progression, the victory settled England on seven points and a group top seed that will see them face Argentina on 30 June in Pachuca. The result left Uruguay stagnant on six points and they will take on Congo on 29 June in Morelia. Canada and Rwanda were unable to grab a best third-place finish in the section's other match, and crashed out of the tournament at the group stage after a goalless draw.