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Italy, Japan and Portugal go through from Under-20 World Cup groups

Italy, Japan and Portugal advanced to the round of 16 of the Under-20 World Cup on Saturday.

Two goals from Ritsu Doan gave Japan a 2-2 draw with Italy in their Group D clash in Cheonan after Italy went 2-0 ahead within the first seven minutes.

Andrea Favilli crossed from the left for Riccardo Orsolini to volley home from close range, and shortly after Giuseppe Panico got on the end of Francesco Cassata's hurried free kick to add a second.

Riccardo Orsolini celebrates after scoring for Italy.

Japan spent much of the rest of the half pushing forward and were rewarded after 22 minutes when Doan scored after a perfectly flighted free kick from Keita Endo.

The impressive Doan was on target again early in the second half, dribbling past three defenders to score his fourth goal of the tournament from close range.

Japan finished third in Group D, behind Italy on goal difference but their record ensures they will progress as one of the four best third-placed nations.

Group D winners Uruguay had already secured their place with two wins from their first two games, and the South American champions maintained their unbeaten record with a 0-0 draw against South Africa in Incheon.

In Group C, Portugal beat Iran 2-1 in Incheon to move into the second round in second place.

Reza Shekari put Iran ahead in the fourth minute but Diogo Goncalves equalised 10 minutes into the second half. With four minutes remaining, a cross from substitute Xande Silva went in after a deflection from Nima Taheri to give Portugal the victory.

Zambia kept hold of top spot in the group despite losing 1-0 to Costa Rica in Cheonan. Jostin Daly scored the only goal of the game after 15 minutes. The win put the Central Americans into third but their four points are enough to advance.

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