08 Aug '11, 1am

Many eyes on Spain - TODAYonline

BOGOTA - The knockout stage of the Under-20 World Cup was set on Saturday (yesterday morning, Singapore time) with Ecuador, Costa Rica and Guatemala completing the field for the round of 16. Ecuador defeated Costa Rica 3-0 to grab second place in Group C. Costa Rica also advanced as one of the best four third-place teams, along with Guatemala, who beat Croatia 1-0 to finish third in Group D. The top two in each of the six groups advance automatically. Play in the knockout stage is set for tomorrow and Wednesday, with a nice spread of nations represented. Spain, Nigeria, Brazil and Argentina are the favourites, with hosts Colombia rated as the darkhorses. Spain's juniors are looking to match the senior team's World Cup triumph a year ago in South Africa. They thumped Australia 5-1 on Saturday for their third successive group win. Coach Julen Lopetegui had the luxury of rest...

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