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Young Socceroos shock Brazilians at youth World Cup

AP , DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Australia shocked Brazil on Thursday, defeating the South Americans 3-2 in the World Youth Championship to top Group C and advance to the second round. European favorites Spain also advanced, defeating Uzbekistan 1-0.

First-half goals by Anthony Danze and a third by Spase Dilevski in the second-half gave the Aussies a commanding lead before Brazil scored twice in 11 minutes but failed to salvage a tie.

However, Canada's win over the Czechs meant the Brazilians advance as second of the group on four points.

The win was Australia's first over Brazil at any level of international youth football and set up a round-of-16 game on Tuesday in Sharjah against one of the best third-place finishers from the group phase.

Danze scored in the 30th and 37th minute, and Dilevski added the third in 48th minute. Second-half substitute Juninho pulled one back for the Brazilians in the 75th minute, and midfielder Dudu made it 3-2 in the 86th minute.

"Brazil are the best in the world and we have never beaten them at this level, so obviously it is a great day for us," Australian coach Ange Postecoglou said.

Spain dominated the Uzbeks early on, and Barcelona's Andres Iniesta scored a 15th minute goal that proved to be enough for the Spaniards to qualify as second of Group B.

Repeated attempts by Uzbekistan failed to put them level and it leaves the tournament after losing all three matches.

In a Group C match, the Czech Republic was ousted by newcomers Canada 1-0, thanks to a Iain Hume strike in the 80th minute.

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