THE DAY REPLAYED - Hoodoos and hexes came to an end on the tenth day of the tournament as the match-ups for the Round of 16 became known. Hungary advanced to the knockout stage for the first time in five attempts at the FIFA U-20 World Cup by winning two group games in the process, which was another first for the Europeans. The evening also witnessed South Africa's first-ever victory in the competition, a 2-0 win over Honduras.
Meanwhile, in Group E, the destiny of the group ebbed and flowed on five occasions in a frenetic second half. At the beginning of the final 45 minutes, Czech Republic were topping the group, but slipped to third when Costa Rica took the lead. By turning a draw into a win, Brazil regained their place at the section's summit, while the Czechs 3-2 victory earned them second place. Los Ticos sneaked into the last 16 as one of the best third placed teams, by scoring one goal more than USA.
Goal of the day
Australia-Brazil, Paulo Henrique 81
With Brazil in the ascendancy against the Young Socceroos en route to topping the group, Paulo Henrique skipped past Sam Gallagher on the right before curling a delightful 20-yard shot into the top left-hand corner of the net.
From despair to delight: South Africa coach Serame Letsoaka entered the post-match media conference believing that his side were virtually out of the competition, stating that his side were relying on a big win for the Czech Republic against Costa Rica. He was forced to change tack completely when the members of the press pointed out his mistake. Perhaps unsurprisingly, his furrowed brow turned into a satisfied smile for the remainder of the conference.
A nervous spectator: Sitting just in front of FIFA.com's position in Alexandria Stadium, was a certain Andras Gosztonyi, the Hungary midfielder who was suspended from their final group game against UAE. The MTK Budapest man was biting his nails as UAE began brightly, but soon became more animated and vocal after his side scored twice in a four minute spell in the first half.
Miss Egypt 2009: There have been plenty of great goals during the 36 group matches, but there were certainly two clear candidates for miss of the tournament in the two Group E games this evening. After three minutes of their game against Czech Republic, Jorge Castro rounded the keeper and had the goal at his mercy, but did not look up and contrived to fire wide. Meanwhile, Douglas Costa tried to be a little bit too clever when a simple shot with the side-foot finish might have put his side ahead. With the keeper stranded, he wrapped his left foot behind his right and stabbed an effort wide of the target.
Whoops!: It was certainly a memorable moment, but one to forget for Brazilian goalkeeper Rafael, who let a Aaron Mooy free-kick slip through his hands and then through his legs to give Australia the lead in Port Said. Thankfully for Rafael, his mistake went unpunished as Brazil came from behind to win 3-1.
115 - The number of goals scored during the group phase, which is the most scored in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in the 21st century. Only Malaysia 1997 witnessed more goals, with 119 netted in the 36 group matches.
"Well done South Africa! I see this team advancing all the way, we had bad luck in the first two matches where we were still superior in possession. Congrats to all African countries, this is our season! Yes, this trophy is not leaving African soil," Nujoy82 (South Africa) shows his pride.
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