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U-20 World Cup Roundup: Ukraine advances, New Zealand, Uruguay pick up wins (video)

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United States’ Aboubacar Keita, left, reacts at the end of the Group D U20 World Cup soccer match between Ukraine and USA in Bielsko Biala, Poland, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)


It was a good day for soccer fans in Ukraine, New Zealand and Uruguay as the trio of nations all won their respective games on Monday at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

All three nations confirmed qualification to the next round of the tournament. Ukraine moved into pole position in Group D with six points, and Uruguay and New Zealand both moved onto six points to lead Group C.

[READ: Soto brace gives U-20 USMNT win over Nigeria]

Ukraine defender Dennis Popov scored for the second straight match as Ukraine came out 1-0 victors over Qatar. The European side dominated the match against the Gulf nation, finishing with 14 shots and four on goal. Qatar finished on top in terms of possession but after Popov’s goal early in the second half, Ukraine sat back and absorbed pressure.

With the win, Ukraine needs just a point or better against Nigeria to win the group.

Elsewhere, Uruguay’s Nicolas Acevedo scored in the first half before Nicolás Schiappacasse finished the game off with a strike in second half stoppage time to sink Honduras. Also, New Zealand’s Gianni Stensness and an own goal from John Kitolano gave New Zealand a 2-0 win over Norway.