U-20 World Cup 2013 Results: Scores and Highlights from Day 12
With a slew of surprising results in the round of 16 at the U-20 World Cup, two heavyweights would step to the plate on Saturday hoping to avoid the upset bug in the quarterfinals.
In the first game, France faced Uzbekistan, while in the second, tournament favorites Spain faced Uruguay.
Let's recap all the action from the U-20 World Cup's first two quarterfinals.
France defeats Uzbekistan, 4-0
In the first match of the day, France steamrolled Uzbekistan, 4-0, behind goals from Yaya Sanogo, Paul Pogba, Florian Thauvin and Kurt Zouma. The French side dominated possession (58 percent), took a whopping 28 shots and put 15 of them on target.
France absolutely bossed the first 30 minutes of this match but couldn't quite put together the final touch. Sanogo nearly scored within two minutes of the game's start, pushing his shot off the left post. The deflection bounced right to Thauvin, but keeper Asilbek Amanov made the save.
Sanogo would have another golden chance just minutes later, but he would this time be denied by Amanov.
But Sanogo would finally get France on the board in the 30th minute. Jean-Christophe Bahebeck would break down the left side and send a beauty of a low cross into the center of the box, where Sanogo needed only to tap home the game's first goal.
From there, the floodgates opened for France.
Bahebeck would set up the game's second goal just minutes later, earning a penalty in the box after a driving run sent him past the Uzbekistan defenders. Pogba stepped up and slotted home the slowest penalty try you'll see, giving France a decisive two-goal lead.
A handball in the box would give France its second penalty in the 43rd minute. This time, Thauvin would step up and smash home France's third goal.
France continued their domination in the second half, and the team would get on the board for a fourth time in the 64th minute. This time, Zouma would get his head on Thauvin's corner and direct the ball into the back of the net.
It was utter domination by the French in every phase of the game, and the team now awaits the winner of Ghana versus Chile.
Uruguay defeats Spain, 1-0
In another shocker in this tournament, Uruguay upset Spain in extra time, defeating the Spaniards 1-0. Despite Spain holding more possession and creating more chances, it was Uruguay's defense that won the day, remaining sturdy while Spain just couldn't find that little extra bit of class needed to score.
Not surprisingly, Spain controlled much of the first half, holding 65 percent of possession and firing seven shots. But Uruguay wasn't totally invisible, testing Spanish keeper Dani Sotres with five of their own efforts.
The top chance of the first half belonged to Gerard Deulofeu of Spain in the 33rd minute, as he teammates tiki-taka'd the ball down the pitch and Deulofeu was found in shooting position just inside the box.
But rather than take a quick strike with his left foot, he tried to open his body and curl a ball into the right corner, instead sending his effort well out of play.
Campaña nearly gave Spain the lead in the 51st minute, as Spain rushed forward on the break and Deulofeu's centering feed skittered out of the box and onto Campaña. But the defender's blast went just over the bar, preserving the scoreless draw.
Spain continued to create the better chances throughout much of the second half, but just couldn't seem to push the ball into the net.
The game would head to extra time, and shockingly it was Uruguay which ended the scoring drought.
From a Giorgian De Arrascaeta Benedetti corner, Felipe Avenatti would rise above the Spanish defense and head home the game's first goal in the 103rd minute.
For all of Spain's possession, it was Uruguay that held the upper hand as the second overtime period commenced, and Uruguay that would hold on for the win.
The Uruguayans will now face the winner of Iraq and South Korea in the semifinals.
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