Australia eliminated from U20 World Cup

June 28, 2013
By Eric Willemsen

Turkey rallied to beat Australia 2-1 in their final Group C match at the Under-20 World Cup on Friday to join group winners Colombia in the knockout stage.

Turkey midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu scored with a diagonal strike into the far corner and Okay Yokuslu added a 20m chip over Australia goalkeeper Paul Izzo after Jamie Maclaren had given Australia the lead in the 52nd minute with a shot from inside the area.

The hosts will play France in the round of 16 on Tuesday.

The Young Socceroos failed to go beyond the group stage for a fourth straight time and haven't won a match in the competition since 2003.

Colombia won the group after defeating El Salvador 3-0.

Earlier Friday, Greece and Paraguay drew 1-1 in their final Group D match, which was enough for both teams to advance to the first knockout round.

They ended with identical records and a ballot gave Greece top spot.

In the other Group D match, Mexico bounced back from losing two matches to defeat Mali 4-1.

Mexico finished third to remain a chance of also reaching the last 16, depending on the performances of other third-placed teams.