Following a thrilling group phase that produced some emphatic victories, last-minute goals and a host of surprises, eight teams had to make the unfortunate trip home, while the remaining sides begin their preparations for the round of 16, starting on Monday.

Several players have already put in some eye-catching performances. The Spanish duo of Aaron Niguez and Fran Merida, who fired the Furia Roja to three victories with six goals between them (three each), Germany striker Richard Sukuta-Pasu, or even the top scorer at the FIFA U-20 World Cup so far, Venezuela's Yonathan del Valle, all these players played a major role in their nation's progression to the next round.

Reason enough for us, then, to ask our users in this week's 'Have Your Say' discussion: Who was the player of the group stage?

Did Egypt's Afroto impress you the most? Perhaps it was Brazil's Giuliano or even Jose Rondon, who like his compatriot del Valle has already scored a hat-trick at Egypt 2009. Andre Ayew of Ghana is another whose performances have won him a string of admirers, while we should not overlook the contribution made by defenders such as Czech Republic's outstanding centre-half, Ondrej Mazuch.

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