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England stay alive with third draw

England stay alive with third draw
By Eurosport

05/08/2011 at 10:47Updated 05/08/2011 at 10:50

England's hopes of reaching the last 16 of the U20s World Cup are still alive despite yet another goalless draw against Mexico in Colombia.

Brian Eastick's makeshift side have now drawn all three of their Group F games - without scoring or conceding - as their run without a win at the tournament was extended to 13 games.

The latest stalemate in Cartagena saw them finish their group campaign in third place with three points.

Argentina top the group with seven after thrashing rock bottom North Korea 3-0, while Mexico sealed second spot with their share of the spoils on the Caribbean coast.

Yet progression for England remains a possibility, with the four best third-placed teams advancing to the next round.

For that, they can be largely thankful to Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland, who saved Taufic Guarch's penalty kick on 14 minutes to preserve a clean sheet.

But with Eastick's forward line continuing to fire blanks at the other end, victory remained elusive and England must now hope for results elsewhere to go their way.