Three Lions draw another blank to leave fate out of their hands as South American giants secure easy wins to top their groups, while Mexico and Egypt advance as runners upGroup E
Brazil 4-0 Panama
Philippe Coutinho starred as Brazil stormed into the Round of 16 after thrashing Panama 4-0 in their final group game.
After dominating the first half, Brazil belatedly broke Panama’s resistance with a Henrique goal 41 minutes in. Inter starlet Coutinho added another goal moments before the interval. The onslaught continued in the second half, and Coutinho grabbed his second goal on 55 minutes, before substitute Dudu completed the rout as the clock moved into injury time.
Brazil top Group E with seven points and will face either Nigeria or Saudi Arabia in the knockout stages. Meanwhile, Panama finish third with a solitary point, and are almost certainly eliminated from the tournament, with a four goal differential deficit to Australia for the last qualification spot in the third-placed rankings.
Egypt 4-0 Austria
Mohammed Ibrahim hit a hat trick as Egypt hammered Austria 4-0 to advance to the knockout rounds. However, the result was not enough for the 2009 winners to overtake Brazil at the top of the Group E standings.
Egypt opened the scoring through Ahmed Sobhi on the half-hour mark. After a spell of profligacy by the North Africans, Ibrahim took over the game in the second half with two quick-fire goals in the 60th and 62nd minute. The young midfielder struck again eight minutes from the end to complete his hat-trick and continue his thoroughly impressive form in the tournament so far.
Egypt finish Group E as runners up, level with Brazil on seven points, but behind on goal difference. They now square off against Argentina in the knockout stages. Austria finish level on one point with Panama, but crash out of the tournament at the bottom of the group due to their inferior goal difference.
Argentina 3-0 North Korea
Two late goals sealed a comfortable 3-0 victory for Argentina against North Korea, a result which sees the South Americans through to the knockout rounds as group winners.
Argentina opened the scoring on 36 minutes after Carlos Luque’s inch-perfect cross was turned home by Facundo Ferreyra. Walter Perazzo’s side held off a spell of Korean pressure at the beginning of the second half and eventually doubled their advantage when Lucas Villafanez volleyed home six minutes from the end. Five minutes into stoppage time, North Korea's Song Chol Pak received his second yellow card for a reckless challenge. Seconds after, Ezequiel Cirigliano put the icing on the cake as he bent his finish inside the post with virtually the last kick of the game.
Argentina now face Egypt in the knockout stages, having finished top of the group with seven points. For North Korea, their tournament ends at the foot of Group F with a solitary point, and without a single goal to their name.
Mexico 0-0 England
England’s hope of a Round of 16 berth is now out of their hands after a 0-0 stalemate against Mexico, their third successive goalless draw of the tournament.
The opening period was dominated by Mexico, who spurned a great opportunity to break the deadlock when Taufice Guarch’s 14th minute penalty was saved by Blackburn’s Jack Butland. Ten minutes into the second half, England almost took a surprise lead, when Mexican keeper Jose Rodriguez managed to divert Callum McManaman’s volleyed effort. As the second half wore on, both sets of players became visibly fatigued, and the match petered out with each side content to settle for a point.
Mexico end their Group F campaign in second place with four points, and will face the runners up of Group B in the next round. Meanwhile, England finish third on three points, without scoring or conceding a single goal in the group stages. Brian Eastick’s squad now face a nervous wait to see if they qualify for the Round of 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams.