Japan and Nigeria became the first teams to clinch berths in the round of 16 of the Under-20 World Cup when they both won their second straight Group F games with wins over Costa Rica (1-0) and
Scotland (2-0 on a pair of goals by captain Ezekiel Bala
), respectively, on Wednesday in Victoria, B.C.
European champion Spain survived a scare to
beat Zambia, 2-1, in Group B action. In other game in Burnaby, Edison Cavani
of Italian club Palermo scored to give Uruguay a 1-0 win over Jordan.
UNDER-20 WORLD CUP RESULTS: Group B Uruguay
(Cavani 40) Jordan 0
. Spain 2
(Mario Sanchez 30, Mata 40) Zambia
(Njobvu 79). Group F Japan 1
(Tanaka 67) Costa Rica 0
. Nigeria 2
(Bala 49, 78) Scotland 0