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Thrillers and upset mark quarterfinals
July 7th, 2013 6:19PM

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[UNDER-20 WORLD CUP] France will face Ghana and Uruguay will play Iraq Wednesday in the semifinals of the Under-20 World Cup following a weekend of dramatic action in Turkey.

URUGUAY-SPAIN. Uruguay knocked favorite Spain out of the Under-20 World Cup with a 1-0 win on 6-foot-5 Felipe Avenatti's header in overtime. Spain had entered the quarterfinals as the only team to have won all four of its games. Uruguay will play surprise Iraq in the semifinals.

Uruguay shut down Real Madrid starlet Jese, who had scored in all four previous games, and Barcelona's Gerard Deulofeu, who had the best chance for Spain when his corner kick hit the crossbar in the 19th minute.

Uruguay had to replace goalkeeper Daniel Sotres for overtime after he hit his head against the goalpost in stoppage time.

FRANCE-UZBEKISTAN. France rolled over Uzbekistan, 4-0, with a commanding performance to set itself up as the favorite to win the Under-20 World Cup.

After Yaya Sanogo and Florian Thauvin hit the post in the first 17 minutes, they joined Juventus star Paul Pogba and defender Kurt Zouma on the scoresheet to give France eight goals in its last two games.

IRAQ-SOUTH KOREA. Iraq advanced to the semifinals of the Under-20 World Cup for the first time on Sunday when it held off South Korea, winning 5-4 on penalty kicks after settling blowing three leads and settling for a 3-3 tie.

Striker Farhan Shakor appeared to have given Iraq the victory with his second goal in the 118th minute, but Jung Hyuncheol equalized with the last kick of the match.

Shakor had the decisive decisive penalty after Lee Changgeun's shot was saved by goalkeeper Mohammed Hameed.

GHANA-CHILE. Ghana's  The Black Satellites twice came back from a goal down -- the second time in overtime -- to beat Chile, 4-3, on Ebenezer Assifuah's goal in the 121st minute and move into the semifinals against France, which had beaten them, 3-1, on the opening day of the tournament.

The three overtime games marked the fifth straight tournament three of the four quarterfinals were extended to extra time.

Quarterfinals:
July 7
Ghana 4 Chile 3.
Odjer 11, Assifuah 72, 120+, Salifu 113; Castillo 23, Henriquez 27, 98.
Iraq 3 South Korea 3. Goals: Faez (pen.) 21, Shakor 42, 118; Kwon 25, Lee Gwanghun 50, Jung 120+.
(Iraq wins 5-4 on penalties.)
July 6
Uruguay 1 Spain 0.
Goal: 103.
France 4 Uzbekistan 0. Goals: Sanogo 31, Pogba pen. 35, Thauvin pen. 43, Zouma 64.


1 comment
  1. Aresenal Fan
    commented on: July 8, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.
    Been watching alot of games, and nothing suprises me anymore. Games are very unpredictable and fun to watch. Anyone of of this teams can win the tournament.

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