Ghana and Iraq both reached the semifinals of the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey, where they will face France and Uruguay, respectively. In the first game, Iraq beat South Korea on penalties after giving up the lead three times to draw 3-3. Ghana, meanwhile, came from behind in overtime to overcome Chile, 4-3, after the match finished 2-2 in regulation.
The win against Chile was Ghana’s second straight come-from-behind victory after the Black Satellites beat Portugal 3-2 in the round of 16 thanks to two late goals.
"This was really a cliffhanger match," Ghana coach Sellas Tetteh said. "That is what this tournament is about, to show good football and to entertain people."
Tettah praised his team’s mental strength. "We didn't panic, we still played our type of football," he said. "I have to give credit to the boys ... this was a complete performance from a determined team." Ghana, the 2009 champion, barely escaped from the group stage as one of the four-best third-place teams from Group A.
For Iraq, striker Farhan Shakor was the hero, scoring twice and then converting the decisive penalty as the Iraqi U-20s advanced to face Uruguay on Wednesday. During the match, South Korea came from behind three times, scoring its third with the last kick of the game in the 120th minute. Read the original story...