Tournament heavyweights Germany and Brazil maintained their unbeaten records to qualify for the Round of 16 at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand as pool play ended Sunday.
Nigeria and Uzbekistan also qualified as Groups E and F completed their matches while Hungary, who were beaten by Nigeria, still sneak through as one of the best third-placed sides.
Awoniyi #18 of Nigeria celebrates scoring the first goal of the game during the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 Group E match between Hungary and Nigeria held at Stadium Taranaki on June 7, 2015 in New Plymouth, New Zealand. (Photo FIFA)
Germany and Brazil joined Portugal, who confirmed their qualification on Saturday, as the only teams with a 100 percent win record after their opening three matches.
European champions Germany knocked Honduras out of the tournament with a 5-1 result that ensured Senegal would go through as one of the best third-placed sides, ending a nerve-racking 24-hour wait for the West Africans.
A Marc Stendera penalty for Germany, matched by a header off the post and into the net by Honduras star Bryan Rochez, kept the Central Americans in the hunt for the first 30 minutes of their clash.
But the mood changed once Julian Brandt regained the lead for Germany when he latched on to a through ball from Stendera.
Although Germany were not playing at their best they pulled away in the second half with further goals by Hany Mukhtar, Grischa Proemel and Niklas Stark.
Uzbekistan booked their place in the next round when a 3-0 win over Fiji, coupled with the Honduran loss, saw them leap from bottom to second in Group F.
Fiji, who upset Honduras earlier in the tournament, put up stout resistance for 60 minutes before Eldor Shomurodov and Zabikhillo Urinboev both scored in a 60-second burst. Mirjamol Kosimov rounded off the scoring just before full-time.
North Korea, with nothing at stake after losing their first two games, put up a brave show for two-thirds of their match against Brazil.
With a solid defensive wall they kept the game scoreless for 60 minutes, but it fell apart when Min Hyo Song scored an own goal when he deflected a long-range shot from Jaja into the net.
Jean Carlos and Leo Pereira then added to the Brazilian tally as they completed the formalities.
Nigeria set up a last-16 clash with Germany after two goals by Taiwo Awoniyi gave them a 2-0 win over Hungary to finish second in Group E.
The Hungarians also qualify as one of the best third-placed teams and will face Serbia in the knockout stages.
Awoniyi’s first came from a pinpoint cross by Saviour Godwin. The second was a simpler affair after Hungarian pair Attila Osvath and Akos Kecskes collided, leaving Awoniyi with an easy path to the goal.