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Mixed fortunes for City's U20 World Cup stars

Germany's Grischa Proemel, left, fights for the ball against Nigeria's Success Isaac

Germany's Grischa Proemel, left, fights for the ball against Nigeria's Success Isaac

There were contrasting fortunes for City's FIFA U-20 World Cup representatives on Thursday morning with Portugal progressing but Nigeria crashing out.

Attacking midfielder Marcos Lopes played 90 minutes as Portugal defeated host nation New Zealand to reach the last eight of the competition at Hamilton's Waikato Stadium.

Raphael Guzzo opened the scoring for Portugal before substitute Stuart Holthusen equalised against the run of play.

The home crowd were to be silenced though, with Gelson Martins producing a stylish winner after 87 minutes, the match ending 2-1. Portugal will now face Brazil in the last eight on Sunday.

Closer to our objective with another win against New Zeland who were great opponents! #together #wecandoit pic.twitter.com/JUZEzz0K3J

— Rony Lopes (@Rony10Lopes) June 11, 2015

Meanwhile, Kelechi Iheanacho and Chidiebere Nwakali are on their way home after Germany defeated Nigeria 1-0 in Christchurch.

Levin Oztunali's first-half goal proved the match winner, with Nwakali's late appearance off the bench in vain for the Flying Eagles. Iheanacho was an unused substitute.

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