Iraq vs. Uruguay: FIFA U-20 World Cup Semifinal Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Iraq 1-1 Uruguay, Huseyin Avni Aker Stadium, Full Time (7-6 on Penalties)
Despite developing an early grip on matters, Uruguay quickly found themselves chasing their semifinal fixture thanks to a flash of brilliance from lraq left-back, Ali Adnan, who whipped in a fierce free-kick to put his side into the lead.
However, Uruguay substitutes, Diego Bueno and Felipe Avenatti, combined wonderfully to net an 88th-minute equaliser for their side, pushing this match into extra time, before eventually heading into penalties.
Hakeem Al Azzawi's men put up a courageous fight in the spot kicks but eventually succumbed to the South Americans, who head for their second Under-20 World Cup final this Sunday.
Iraq Starting XI: Hameed; Adnan, Faez, Nadhim, Jabbar Arebat; Salman, Kamil, Tareq; Qasim, Abdulraheem, Farhan Shakor
Scorer: Adnan (35')
Uruguay Starting XI: Amores; Silva, Varela, Gimenez, Rodriguez; Pais, Cristoforo, Gino; Arrascaeta, Laxalt, Lopez
Scorer: Bueno (88')
URUGUAY IN THE UNDER-20 WORLD CUP FINAL!!
Saif Salman, the 'Xavi of Iraq', skies his effort miserably over and it means that Uruguay are the team making their way to a second Under-20 World Cup final.
It's a cruel way to finish things as far as Iraq are concerned, but this Iraqi side can be very encouraged by the standard of performance they've shown in recent weeks.
PENALTIES—Uruguay in front again!
The other centre-back, Gaston Silva, makes it 7-6 to Uruguay.
PENALTIES—Iraq 6-6 Uruguay
Mahdi Kamil fires straight down the middle - 6-6.
PENALTIES—Uruguay in front!
Jose Gimenez, the centre-back heading to Atletico Madrid, puts Uruguay back in the lead!
Abdul Raheem keeps a cool head and draws Iraq level at 5-5!
PENALTIES—Uruguay 5-4 Iraq
Diego Rolan makes it 5-4
Ali Adnan maintains his fine evening and makes it 4-4!
PENALTIES—LOPEZ MAKES IT 4-3!
Nicolas Lopez copes with the pressure to make it 4-3 to Uruguay.
Oof! Tareq is close to missing but fires in off the belly of the crossbar to make it 3-3!
PENALTIES—URUGUAY LEAD 3-2!
Gonzalo Bueno scores his second of the night to put his side back in the lead.
PENALTIES—URUGUAY 2-2 IRAQ
Ihab Kadhim scores his penalty with ease.
PENALTIES—URUGUAY LEAD 2-1!
Iraq fire their second effort home before Avenatti matches that effort to maintain the South Americans' lead.
PENALTIES—Uruguay lead 1-0!
Leonardo Pais finally scores one in this penalty shootout, firing low past Hameed.
Ali Faez steps up first for Iraq and he slams his against the post!!
After two spot-kicks, we remain level.
It's Uruguay up first and Gianni Rodriguez takes first honours against Mohammed Hameed.
SAVED! The left-sided defender hits low to his right but Hameed is equal to it.
Full Time in Extra Time
Penalties it is, then.
A goal in each half sets up the spot-kick finale between Iraq and Uruguay, who have traded dominance in this match with great frequency.
One might argue it's Uruguay who deserve the win after seeing the greater share of scoring opportunities, but any talk of what's happened in the last two hours now goes out of the window.
119'—IRQ 1-1 URU
Iraq's fans are in full volume now as they attempt to urge their side onto a late winner.
It doesn't look likely to happen however, as Uruguay seem to be finishing as the stronger of the two and Mohammed Hameed is seen rolling on the floor once again, apparently caught by Gaston Silva as the South American challenged for a header.
117'—ADNAN NEARS A SECOND!!
Amores sprawls to save Ali Adnan's long-range effort and it's a terrific stop by the Uruguayan goalkeeper, who's had a few shaky moments tonight.
What a heartbreak it would have been to concede at this stage of the game.
116'—YELLOW CARD (Uruguay)
That's both of tonight's goalscorers in the referee's book now as Gonzalo Bueno is judged to have shown a high boot on the opposition,
113'—IRQ 1-1 URU
For those who have yet to see it, the Ali Adnan free-kick which opened tonight's scoring..
111'—IRQ 1-1 URU
Uruguay are currently the team doing most of the pressing whereas Iraq look happy to sit back and ride out any pressure coming their way, seemingly set on penalties.
108'—IRQ 1-1 URU
Of the two teams, Iraq are certainly the ones with more to gain in this particular meeting. Al Azzawi's side are the first Asian side to reach this stage of the competition in 14 years, while it would be a second final for Uruguay's Under-20s should they book their spot.
All in all, though, both outfits have shown a great deal of passion tonight, if dying off slightly in these latter stages.
105'—IRQ 1-1 URU
Ali Adnan tarnishes an otherwise spotless record for tonight after picking up a foul on Avenatti.
Extra Time Second Half
With penalties just a quarter of an hour away, Uruguay kick off for the second half of extra time.
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