U-20 Football World Cup: Brazil, Italy and Colombia win, are in quarterfinals

The two final round of 16 matches will be played today

Bicentennial Stadium, San Juan. Credit: Government of San Juan province

Argentina’s loss against Nigeria and early exit from the U-20 Football World Cup clears the way for other title candidates, among them Brazil, Italy and Colombia, three teams that won their round of 16 matches yesterday and made their way to the quarterfinals. The last two games of this round will be played today, Uruguay-Gambia and Ecuador-South Korea.

Colombia (5) – Slovakia (1)

In the Bicentennial Stadium in San Juan, Colombia easily won its round of 16 match against Slovakia 5-1 and punched its ticket to the quarterfinals. With two goals a piece from Óscar Cortés and Tomás Ángel, plus another one by Yaser Asprilla, the cafetero squad reaffirmed itself as a serious contender to win the tournament. Timotej Jambor scored Slovakia’s only goal.

Colombia will now play in the quarterfinals against Italy on Saturday at 6pm, again in San Juan. 

Brazil (4) – Tunisia (1)

In La Plata, Brazil also made it to the quarterfinals after easily dispatching Tunisia 4-1. Andrey Santos on two occasions, plus Martins and Marcos Leonardo scored for the winners, and Ghorbel made the only goal for the losing side. 

Brazil will face the surprising Israel in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 2.30 pm. in San Juan.

Italy (2) – England (1)

In a hard fought match, Italy finally emerged victorious against England, beating them 2-1 thanks to a penalty kick sanctioned in the final minutes of the game through the VAR (Video Assisted Referee) system. The referee had not initially seen a hand infraction committed by a British player in the penalty box, but after reviewing the play, sanctioned the penalty kick. Tomasso Baldanzi scored Italy’s first goal, and its captain Césare Casadei the second on the penalty kick. Alfine Devine had tied the score for England in the first half.

Italy will now face Colombia in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 6 pm. in San Juan.

The final two round of 16 games, Uruguay-Gambia and Ecuador-South Korea, will be played today. The winners will face Nigeria and the US in quarterfinals.

-With information from Télam 


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