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US to play France in Under-20 World Cup round of 16

May 31, 2019
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United States' Tim Weah, front, duels for the ball with Qatar's Abdulla Nasser during the Group D U20 World Cup soccer match between USA and Qatar, in Tychy, Poland, Thursday, May 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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United States' Tim Weah, front, duels for the ball with Qatar's Abdulla Nasser during the Group D U20 World Cup soccer match between USA and Qatar, in Tychy, Poland, Thursday, May 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

The United States will play France in the Under-20 World Cup’s round of 16 after Les Bleus beat Mali 3-2 on Friday to win Group E.

The Americans finished second to Ukraine in Group D, losing 2-1 to Ukraine in their opener before defeating Nigeria 2-0 and Qatar 1-0.

American midfielders Alex Mendez and Chris Durkin will be suspended for Tuesday’s match in Bydgoszcz because of yellow-card accumulation.

The winner advances to a quarterfinal against Uruguay or Ecuador on June 8 at Gdynia.

Other round-of-16 pairings are Colombia-New Zealand, Ukraine-Panama, Italy-Poland, Argentina-Mali, Japan-South Korea and Senegal-Nigeria.

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