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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Zambia seal U20 World Cup qualification in thriller; Italy hopes alive

Ricarrdo Orsolini celebrates after opening the scoring for Italy.

Italy kept their hopes of qualification intact with a 2-0 win over South Africa, secured by Ricarrdo Orsolini and Andrea Favilli.

The Italians produced a dominant performance and broke through when Orsolini converted a penalty before the break, with Favilli thumping home a header to put them in total control shortly before the hour mark.

Portugal suffered further frustration as they failed to hold on to a 1-0 lead and were held to a 1-1 draw by Costa Rica.

Zambia produced an outstanding comeback...

Uruguay overcome Italy in Under-20 World Cup opener

Rodrigo Amaral shot Uruguay to a win over Italy on Sunday.

SEOUL, South Korea -- Rodrigo Amaral scored from a second-half free kick as Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 on Sunday in their opening game at the Under-20 World Cup at Suwon World Cup Stadium.

With 14 minutes remaining, Nacional forward Amaral fired home a spectacular left-footed shot to give the South American champions the only goal of the game.

Also in Group D, Japan came back from a goal down to defeat South Africa 2-1.

Grant Margeman put South Africa ahead after just seven minutes, only for Koki Ogawa...

 By Nick Said

South Africa let early lead slip as Japan claim victory

Japan U20s came from behind to beat South Africa U20s 2-1 at the U20s World Cup in Korea.

South Africa let a halftime lead slip as they lost 2-1 to Japan in their opening Group D match at the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup on Sunday.

South Africa took an early lead through midfielder Grant Margeman and had a number of chances to increase their advantage, but goals from Koki Ogawa and Ritsu Doan sealed the victory for the Japanese.

It was a highly entertaining fixture in Suwon, with Japan also left wondering how they failed to score more goals.

The African side had the lead on seven minutes...