FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019

FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019

23 May - 15 June

FIFA U-20 World Cup

Norway break records, USA and Nigeria advance

Erling Haland of Norway celebrates with teammate Jens Hauge 
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  • Group C: Uruguay on top
  • Group D: Ukraine, USA and Nigeria advance
  • Haland and Norway make history

THE DAY REPLAYED – The third matchday in Groups C and D was dominated by Norway’s 12-0 win over Honduras and a nine-goal haul for Erling Haland. Despite their resounding victory, the Scandinavians face a nervous wait for tomorrow’s results in Groups E and F before they discover their fate.

Uruguay secured top spot in Group C without dropping a point after a 2-0 victory over New Zealand, who conceded their first goals at this tournament. Nevertheless, the Kiwis have booked their place in the Round of 16 as section runners-up.

In Group D, a 1-1 draw was enough for Ukraine to win their group and progress unbeaten. Opponents Nigeria finished third on four points, though this was still enough to reach the knockout phase, while USA finished above their African rivals in second after beating Qatar 1-0.

Results

Group C
New Zealand 0-2 Uruguay
Norway 12-0 Honduras

Group D
Nigeria 1-1 Ukraine
USA 1-0 Qatar

See also

Poland 2019: Group Standings

Memorable moments

Two new records: Norway’s dozen goals sealed the biggest win in the history of the tournament and also marked the highest goal tally for one player in a single game. The competition record was previously held by Adailton, who netted six for Brazil in a 10-3 win against Korea Republic in 1997. If Norway qualify for the Round of 16, another record will be under threat, with Argentina’s Javier Saviola scoring an as-yet-unsurpassed 11 goals at the 2001 edition.

Still neck and neck: The final matchday of the group stage will be packed with drama. In Groups E and F, even Saudi Arabia and South Africa still have a chance of progressing as one of the best third-placed teams, despite failing to pick up a point so far. Norway, together with Ecuador in Group B, will watch on nervously from their hotel as they await the results.

The words

"We’re well on top after winning all of our matches, and we earned that. I’m pleased with how we’re defending and how hard we work to recover the ball. Our pace is brilliant. I have a great team, both on and off the pitch. We’re dreaming big here in Poland, but we’re also keeping our feet on the ground and can hardly wait for the challenge ahead of us."
Gustavo Ferreyra (Uruguay coach)

"It was a fantastic game from us. We prepared well for Honduras and always found the gaps between their lines. We were able to watch their encounter with Uruguay and their qualifying match against the USA, where they only lost by one goal. We tried to take the same approach as New Zealand – and it worked."
Pal Johansen (Norway coach)

Up next

Friday 31 May, all times local
Group E
Mali-France (Gdynia, 18:00)
Saudi Arabia-Panama (Bydgoszcz, 18:00)

Group F
Korea Republic-Argentina (Tychy, 20:30)
South Africa-Portugal (Bielsko-Biala, 20:30)

See also

Knockout Phase

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