World Football

Brazil vs. Spain: Final Score and Reaction U-20 World Cup Quarterfinals

MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 20:  Coutinho of Inter Milan in action during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Lecce at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on March 20, 2011 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)
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Neri SteinFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2011

Brazil defeated Spain in the quarterfinals of the U-20 FIFA World Cup in Colombia. The scores were level at 2-2 after extra time, and Spain missed two penalties before Dudu stepped up and put Brazil into the semifinals.

Spain bossed the first half with the cool passing and flashy football that they're known for at all levels, but they went into the locker room down a goal.

Oscar was immense for Brazil the whole match, and his shot rapped off the crossbar, but Willian was there for the easy tap in in the 35th minute, giving Brazil an undeserved lead.

In the second half, Spain cam out firing once again, determined to make their possession mean something, and Rodrigo scored a fine equalizer from Huge Mallo's cross.

Rodrigo dove in for the header at the near post, and Gabriel, who was phenomenal in goal for Brazil, could do nothing about it.

Brazil's Philippe Coutinho was very much a non-factor in the match. He had little time on the ball and misplayed several passes before being substituted in the 78th minute. 

At times, Spain looked like grabbing a winner, but both sides were tired and it went to extra time.

Coutinho's replacement Dudu restored Brazil's lead in the 100th minute with a great goal, but just two minutes later, Alvaro Vazquez, who was only on the bench, leveled the scores with his fifth goal of the tournament.

The second half of extra time was controlled by Brazil but saw no more goals for either side.

It went to penalties, and one man who was hopefully watching was Mano Menezes, manager of Brazil's senior side.

The youngsters took their penalties calmly and put them away easily. Amat's first for Spain was saved by Gabriel, and later, Vazquez's came off both the keeper and the top bar, giving Dudu the chance to send Brazil through.

The substitute stepped up and coolly slotted it past Fernando Pacheco, who hadn't had much to do throughout the game, and set up a date with Mexico in the semifinals.  

FinalScore: Brazil 2-2 Spain a.e.t. Penalties Brazil 4-2 

BRA: Willian 35', Dudu 100'  ESP: Rodrigo 57', Vazquez 112'

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