NEW DELHI – England survived a late comeback by Mexico on Wednesday to prevail 3-2 and secure a spot in the last 16 round at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup India 2017, while Iraq ended Chile’s hopes of advancing.
England built a 3-0 lead on goals by Rhian Brewster, Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho only to see Mexico pull within one after Diego Lainez scored a brace in seven minutes.
But England managed to hang on and claim first place in Group F with six points, three points ahead of Iraq, who defeated Chile 3-0.
A brace by Mohammed Dawood and a Diego Valencia own-goal were enough for Iraq to stay alive in the battle for spots in the knockout stage.
In Group E, meanwhile, Amine Gouiri found the back of the net twice to lead France over Japan 2-1, the European side’s second win in the tournament.
France leads the group with six points, followed by Japan with three.
Honduras routed New Caledonia 5-0, as Carlos Mejia and Patrick Palacios scored two goals apiece and Joshua Canales contributed one.