Elite 16 finalised amid drama

FIFA U-17 World CupResultsMalawi 1-4 SpainUSA 1-0 United Arab Emirates Korea Republic 2-0 Algeria Italy 0-0 Uruguay Round of 16 fixturesWednesdayArgentina vs Colombia  Turkey vs UAE  Switzerland vs Germany  Italy vs USA Thursday Spain vs Burkina Faso  Iran vs Uruguay  Mexico vs Korea Repc  Nigeria vs New Zealand ABUJA - The final day of group fixtures at Nigeria 2009 concluded with four teams confirming their ongoing participation at the tournament.

FIFA U-17 World Cup
Results
Malawi 1-4 Spain
USA 1-0 United Arab Emirates
Korea Republic 2-0 Algeria
Italy 0-0 Uruguay

Round of 16 fixtures
Wednesday
Argentina vs Colombia 
Turkey vs UAE 
Switzerland vs Germany 
Italy vs USA
Thursday
Spain vs Burkina Faso 
Iran vs Uruguay 
Mexico vs Korea Repc 
Nigeria vs New Zealand

ABUJA - The final day of group fixtures at Nigeria 2009 concluded with four teams confirming their ongoing participation at the tournament.

USA and United Arab Emirates entered the final day of Group E action locked together on three points, safe in the knowledge that the winner of their match-up would claim a berth in the knockout stage. 

A workmanlike USA secured a 1-0 win, only for the UAE team to also progress by the slimmest margin imaginable. The Asian side reach the knockout stage for the first time at this level, finishing ahead of other third-place teams by virtue of the Fair-Play ranking after all other criteria was equal.

Things were far less complicated for group leaders Spain who maintained their 100 per cent record by easing past Malawi. The European heavyweights claimed a comfortable 4-1 win over the tournament debutants.

In Group F, Korea Republic claimed their top-16 status with a controlled 2-0 win against a disappointed Algeria.

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