England Vs. Iraq :-
The Young Lions started brightly and a lovely attacking move saw Angel Gomes break the deadlock early in the first half.
Iraq fought back but in the second period it was all England, with Emile Smith-Rowe firing home to double the advantage.
Loader then made it three for England before wrapping things up with his second of the night, leaving Steve Cooper’s side to progress to the knock-out stages brimming with confidence.
The match kicked off in front of a large crowd in Kolkata and the first real chance fell to centre-half Joel Latibeaudiere, who headed just over from an in-swinging Nya Kirby cross.
England didn’t have to wait long for the opener, with Steven Sessegnon playing a neat reverse pass to Kirby, who slid the ball across the six-yard-box for Gomes to prod home at the far post on 11 minutes.
Just past the half-hour mark Ali Kareem fired wide of the post, then saw his low shot from inside the box well saved by Billy Crellin.
After the break, Iraq’s star man Mohammad Dawood was introduced to the action, and had a chance for his fourth goal of the tournament with a volleyed effort from the edge of the box.
But on 57 minutes England strengthened their hand with an excellent goal, Smith-Rowe playing a neat one-two with Gomes before nudging the ball past Ibadi in the Iraq goal.
And two minutes later two became three for the Young Lions, with Sessegnon going on a brilliant run before feeding Loader who rounded the keeper to score.
The same players then combined again in the 71st minute, with Iraq’s defence clearing a free-kick to Sessegnon, who slipped in Loader for his second of the night.
The Iraqi side have played well in this tournament, drawing with Mexico and beating Chile 3-0, but they couldn’t get to grips with England’s attackers in the second half and there could’ve been more goals.
Substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi had two excellent late chances, first hitting the post when through on goal and then firing just past the far post.
Mexico Vs. Chile :-
2 time champions Mexico played a consuming draw with Chile but that was not enough for them to book a place in round of 16 and they crashed out of the tournament.
Mexico ended their group engagements with just two points finishing third behind England and Iraq. They still qualified as one of the four best third-placed teams.
The Central American champions are the only side in this edition to qualify to the round of 16 without a win. Chile on the other hand, who needed a win on the night, crashed out of the tournament with the draw.
In search of a goal, all of Chile’s 11 players, including Borquez pressed into attack. But Borquez lost the ball well outside the box and Mexico’s De La Rosa had all the time to slot the ball home but he hit the crossbar.
But overall Borquez produced a phenomenal display guarding his goal and denying Mexico any chance of a goal.
Jairo Torres and Roberto de la Rosa were in the thick of things in most of Mexico attacks, but Borquez kept all chances at bay.
It was not to be for Mexico as they failed score despite their complete dominance, but they were not left to rue their chances as they still progressed to the round of 16.