Khamis, 4 Julai 2013

Dah abih dah Round of 16

Who progress into the quarter finals of 2013 U20 World Cup?

Spain survived a scare to secure their place in the Under-20 World Cup quarter-finals with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Mexico on Tuesday, while hosts Turkey were knocked out of the tournament.

Real Madrid B winger Jese continued his impressive form, scoring his fifth goal of the campaign in the 90th minute to set up a clash with Uruguay.

Arturo Gonzalez gave Mexico a shock lead after just two minutes and El Tri held onto their advantage until half-time. Just as Spain looked down and out, Derik equalised in the 74th minute to give them the ascendency and Jese's deflected shot ensured the favourites remain on track to claim the title.

Turkey's positive run was brought to an end by the impressive France, with Les Bleus recording a comfortable 4-1 win. Goals to Kondogbia, Bahebeck, Sanogo and Veretout gave France a four-goal lead at the 73rd minute mark and Baki's late goal proved nothing more than a consolation.

France will now meet Uzbekistan, who also reached the last eight thanks to an eventful 3-1 victory over Greece, which included three penalties and two red cards.

Abbosbek Makhstaliev gave Uzbekistan the lead in the 26th minute but Greece found a quick equaliser when captain Konstantinos Stafylidis scored from the penalty spot just minutes later.

The decisive moment in the match came when Greece defender Dimitrios Kourpelis was sent off after conceding a penalty. Igor Sergeev converted comfortably and Sardor Rakhmanov's 83rd minute penalty rounded off the win.

A Nicolas Lopez brace set up a showdown with European Under-19 champions Spain for Uruguay, with the striker netting a penalty late in the match to ensure his side's progression. 

Lopez gave Uruguay the lead in the 65th minute, but Olarenwaju Kayode equalised for the African side just minutes later. 

But Onyinye Ndidi brought down Diego Rolan in the box to allow Lopez to seal the win from the spot in what was a fiesty affair.

South Korea beat Colombia in a penalty shootout at the Under-20 World Cup on Wednesday to join Ghana, Chile and Iraq in the quarterfinals.

Having played out a 1-1 draw after extra time, Colombia was trailing 8-7 in the shootout when defender Daivy Balanta sent the last penalty over the crossbar.

South Korea will now play Iraq, which needed extra time to beat Paraguay 1-0.

Ghana and Chile will meet in the quarterfinals after both teams won their last-16 matches over 90 minutes earlier in the day. Ghana came from a goal down to beat Portugal 3-2 while two late goals earned the Chileans a 2-0 victory over Croatia.

Balanta's spot-kick wasn't the only one that failed to find the net. Earlier in the series, Song Ju-hun missed for South Korea while Felipe Aguilar saw his attempt saved by goalkeeper Lee Chang-geun.
Song had given South Korea the lead in the 16th minute when he beat goalkeeper Cristian Bonilla with a low shot after the Colombia defense failed to clear from the area.

Colombia pressed long for an equalizer and had to wait until the fourth minute of injury time before captain Juan Quintero scored with a fierce free kick that beat Lee at the near post.

The penalty shootout soon became inevitable as neither side was willing to take any risks by pushing forward in extra time.

It was different story in the other late game, though, after Iraq and Paraguay has finished 0-0 after 90 minutes, with the South Americans having been reduced to 10 men in the 80th. Iraq substitute Farhan Shakor scored the only goal with a firm header past goalkeeper Diego Morel in the fourth minute of extra time.

Paraguay, which defeated Argentina in qualifying, was without suspended captain Gustavo Gomez. It also lost Arnaldo Sanabria, who was booked in the 70th and sent off after another foul 10 minutes later.

Iraq continued a remarkable run in its first appearance in the tournament for 12 years. It won Group E, where it drew 2-2 with England, and will now play in the quarterfinals for the second time -- having also reached the last eight in 1989.

Earlier, substitute Yiadom Boakye set up the equalizer and then scored a late winner as Ghana rallied to beat Portugal.

Ghana was 2-1 down when Boakye came on the 75th. Four minutes later, Portugal goalkeeper Jose Sa saved his shot but allowed Michael Anaba to pounce on the rebound for the equalizer. Boakye then followed up by sending a free kick through the two-man wall in the 85th.

Kennedy Ashia had put Ghana ahead with a 25-meter effort in the 19th minute. However, defenders Tiago Ferreira and Edgar both scored within the space of three minutes to put Portugal 2-1 up in the 73rd.

Ghana was the last team to qualify for the knockout stage, after losing two group matches and narrowly advancing on goal difference following a 4-1 defeat of the United States.

Portugal, the 2011 runner-up, had scored the most goals in the group stage but failed to convert two early chances. Aladje was left unmarked but sent his effort over the crossbar after 15 seconds while Bruma, who scored five times in three group matches, shot wide a minute later.

Portugal dominated possession but ultimately paid the price for failing to make it count.

Chile similarly controlled large parts of its match against Croatia, which has never gone beyond the round of 16, but created few chances.

Nicolas Castillo finally broke the deadlock when he was set up by Sebastian Martinez and headed the ball backward over Croatia goalkeeper Oliver Zelenika in the 81st. Four minutes later, Croatia defender Jozo Simunovic sent a Christian Bravo cross past his own goalkeeper.

Chile finished third in 2007 but failed to qualify for the next two editions.

France vs. Uzbekistan
Uruguay vs. Spain
South Korea vs Iraq
Ghana vs Chile


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