Chile fought off the effects of jetlag to emerge as winners of Group A, criss-crossing their way from Toronto to Edmonton and back to collect seven points, while Austria finished second with a healthy haul of five. One point further back, Congo beat Canada in their last match to go through to the Round of 16 as one of the best third-placed teams, while the hosts failed to score a goal or pick up a point, making an early departure from their own tournament.
• Chile: Although they were without star striker Alexis Sanchez for their opening match, Chile looked bright. sharp and full of attacking threat in a 3-0 opening defeat against Canada, a scoreline they repeated against Congo as Sanchez returned and hit the target. Already assured of their qualification, Chile drew their final match with Austria 0-0 to finish as winners of Group A and they caught the eye as possible winners of the tournament if they can emulate the flashes of inspiration shown early on.
• Austria: The tournament could not have got off to a much better start for Austria when Erwin 'Jimmy' Hoffer put them 1-0 up against Congo after only seven minutes but after the Africans equalised, the second half proved a much tougher task and the Austrians were grateful to pick up a point. The pivotal moment for Paul Gludovatz and his players came in their second match against Canada. Playing in the searing 32-degree heat of Edmonton, Austria withstood the pressure-cooker environment better than their hosts as a headed goal by Rubin Okotie proved enough for a 1-0 win secured their path to the knockout round before their goalless draw with Chile.
• Congo: Coach Eddie Hudanski admitted he did not recognise his players when they kicked off against Austria, admitting they were paralysed with fear about playing at the U-20 World Cup. Some home truths at half-time did the trick and their 1-1 draw was the least they deserved. An early red card for Yann Kombo against Chile virtually made defeat inevitable and so it proved but a 2-0 victory against Canada held the key to their survival and they have grown in confidence as the championship has progressed.
• Canada: The Canadians were shot-shy and listless in the first two games, producing very little in the final third of the pitch but with their backs right up against the wall, Dale Mitchell's side lifted themselves well in their last match with Congo. They posed much more of and attacking threat against Congo but still could not find the net and three successive defeats represented a poor return on what had been a lot of emotional investment and expectation from the home fans.
Moments to savour
• Chile's fans bringing more than a touch of South America to Alberta as they flocked in their thousands to Edmonton for the 3-0 win over Congo and the followers of the Congolese against Canada, who sang and danced their way to victory despite torrential rain at the uncovered bowl of the Commonwealth Stadium.
• Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault stepping out of Canada's midfield to go in goal when Asmir Begovic was red-carded for handling outside his area against Congo after all of their substitutes had been used up. Trailing 2-0 at the time, Beaulieu-Bourgault made a number of impressive saves and kept the scoreline as it was.
• A drained Austria boss Paul Gludovatz walking barefoot into the press conference after the sizzling heat during his side's 1-0 win against Canada, when he said he was "too emotional" to describe what had just taken place.
The numbers game
Zero - the number of goals scored by Canada is the first time the host nation have failed to hit the target before being eliminated FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The final word
Eddie Hudanski, Congo coach: " There was great unity among the players and we had fantastic support. The fans were so loud and colourful and that gave us a lot of power."