Thursday, June 8, 2017

U-20 World Cup 2017 Results: Venezuela Beat Uruguay on Penalties to Reach Final, by Rori Marsden


Venezuela reached the final of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup as they downed Uruguay 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in normal time in the first semi-final at the Daejeon World Cup Stadium, South Korea, on Thursday.
Nicolas De La Cruz's penalty early in the second half looked to have won the game for Uruguay, but a stoppage-time equaliser from Samuel Sosa forced an extra half-hour of action.
When a winner could still not be found, penalties were required. And De La Cruz could not convert from the spot a second time as he took the last penalty, needing to score to keep Uruguay in the tournament.
Venezuela will face either England or Italy in the final, with the second semi-final set to take place later on Thursday.
Venezuela started the brighter of the two sides, with a speculative but fizzing effort from Ronaldo Lucena forcing a save from Santiago Mele in the first minute.
Nahuel Ferraresi then should arguably have done better as he headed a fine free-kick delivery just wide of the post in the 13th minute.
However, Uruguay grew into the game, and Marcelo Saracchi forced a decent save after a good attacking move just before the half-hour.
The half ended with Uruguay well and truly in the ascendancy, and four minutes after the break, Agustin Canobbio drew a controversial penalty, per Yahoo Sport UK:

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