Congo progress at U17 World Cup in Mexico

Fifa's Under-17 World Cup trophy
Congo are through to the knock-out stages of the U17 World Cup

Congo Brazzaville are through to the last 16 of the Under-17 World Cup in Mexico.

Their 1-1 draw with North Korea in Morelia on Friday earned them second place in Group A and a spot in the next round.

North Korea took the lead in the 14th minute through Ju Jong Chol but with 15 minutes left Christ Nkounkou levelled the score for the Congolese.

Hosts Mexico won the group with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Holland.

North Korea went into the game knowing they needed a win to overhaul the Africans in the table.

The Koreans started positively and opened the scoring when Congo's offside trap failed, allowing Ju to run on and finish with ease.

With 20 minutes of the match remaining, North Korea had the chance to extend their lead when O Jin Song found himself one-on-one with the Congolese keeper.

His shot cannoned back off the post and the ball was cleared in the ensuing scramble.

Congo's chance came shortly after that incident.

A free kick out on the right was taken by Hardy Binguila and Nkounkou rose above his marker to head home powerfully into the far corner.

The draw is enough to put Congo through and send North Korea out of the competition.

On Saturday in Group C of the competition, Rwanda - who are without a point so far - play Canada, whilst group leaders Uruguay take on second-placed England.

in Group D, USA play New Zealand and Czech Republic take on Uzbekistan.

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