Disappointing showing by CONCACAF teams

[U-17 WORLD CUP SCOREBOARD]. Two years ago, Mexico won the U-17 World Cup in Peru, but it failed to qualify for this year's finals in South Korea. Of the CONCACAF region's five representatives, two reached the second round and were eliminated on Thursday: the USA losing, 2-1, to Germany, and Costa Rica falling, 2-0, to Argentina. Haiti and Honduras, which had edged out the Mexicans in qualifying, exited in the first round without a win, as did Trinidad & Tobago. The quarterfinalists are comprised of four European teams (France, Spain, England, Germany) and two African teams (Ghana, Nigeria).

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U-17 WORLD CUP, Results
FIRST ROUND
Group A
Aug. 18
Costa Rica 1 Togo 1
South Korea 0 Peru 1
Aug. 21
Togo 0 Peru 0
Costa Rica 2 South Korea 0
Aug 24
South Korea 2 Togo 1
Peru 1 Costa Rica 0
STANDINGS: Peru* 7 points; Costa Rica* 4; South Korea 3; Togo 2.

Group B
Aug 18

North Korea 1 England 1
Brazil 7 New Zealand 0
Aug. 21
England 5 New Zealand 0
Brazil 6 North Korea 1
Aug. 24
North Korea 1 New Zealand 0
England 2 Brazil 1
STANDINGS: England* 7 points; Brazil* 6; North Korea* 4; New Zealand 0.

Group C
Aug. 19

Honduras 2 Spain 4
Argentina 0 Syria 0
Aug. 22
Syria 1 Spain 2
Argentina 4 Honduras 1
Aug. 25
Honduras 0 Syria 2
Spain 1 Argentina 1
STANDINGS: Spain* 7 points; Argentina* 5; Syria* 4; Honduras 0.

Group D
Aug 19

Nigeria 2 France 1
Japan 3 Haiti 1
Aug. 22
Haiti 1 France 1
Japan 0 Nigeria 3
Aug. 25
Nigeria 4 Haiti 1
France 2 Japan 1
STANDINGS: Nigeria* 9 points; France* 4; Japan 3; Haiti 1.

Group E
Aug. 20

Belgium 2 Tunisia 4
Tajikistan 4 USA 3
Aug. 23
Tunisia 3 USA 1
Tajikistan 0 Belgium 1
Aug 26
USA 2 Belgium 0
Tunisia 1 Tajikistan 0
STANDINGS: Tunisia* 9 points; USA* 3; Tajikistan* 3; Belgium 3.

Group F
Aug. 20

Colombia 3 Germany 3
Trinidad & Tobago 1 Ghana 4
Aug. 23
Ghana 2 Germany 3
Trinidad & Tobago 0 Colombia 5
Aug. 26
Colombia 1 Ghana 2
Germany 5 Trinidad & Tobago 0
STANDINGS: Germany* 7 points; Ghana* 6; Colombia* 4; Trinidad & Tobago 0.

* Advanced to second round.

ROUND OF 16
Aug. 29
Spain 3 North Korea 0
France 3 Tunisia 1
Peru 1 Tajikistan 1 (Peru wins 5-4 on PKs)
Ghana 1 Brazil 0
Aug. 30
Argentina 2 Costa Rica 0
Nigeria 2 Colombia 1
England 3 Syria 1
Germany 2 USA 1

QUARTERFINALS
Sept. 1
France-Spain
Ghana-Peru
Sept. 2
Argentina-Nigeria
England-Germany

SEMIFINALS
Sept. 5
Sept. 6

THIRD-PLA

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