Brazil vs. Spain: Final Score and Reaction U-20 World Cup Quarterfinals
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'
Dudu SCORES! Easily and Brazil are through to the semifinals!
It's all on super-sub Dudu. He scores and Brazil go through.
Vazquez, the top scorer, sees his go off the keeper and the top bar and out. Brazil can win it now.
Henrique finally gets in the game. He powers it into the top corner. 3-2.
Captain Bartra steps up for Spain and scores. Pacheco needs to pull off a save here.
Danilo for Brazil, and he hits the top bar but it just goes in.
Roberto up for Spain and he chips it past Gabriel. 1-1
Casemiro gives Brazil the advantage. Menezes taking notes.
Pacheco with a tough task.
Saved rather easily by Gabriel.
Amat to take the first.
Looks like it's starting to rain a big again. Spain will kick first.
It's taking forever just to do the toss.
Been such a fantastic game, can't say one side deserved to win more than the other.
Gabriel has been the better of the two keepers, but then, he's been called upon much more. Pacheco has looked alert when he's needed to be.
We're going to penalties.
Less than a minute to go. Negueba flies down the pitch but his cross is just cut out. Story of his game.
All Brazil in these last 10 minutes. Henrique is booked for arguing. I'd argue to if I hadn't been able to get anything going the whole game.
Just two-plus minutes to go.
Dudu tried to curl it into the far corner and it went just wide. That would've been spectacular.
Crowd wants Brazil to win this. They're looking strong, but Spain stay patient.
Five minutes to go and F. Pacheco makes his first real save. He punches away a cross before it gets to three Brazilians in the box. Silva's shot on second ball goes wide.
Or not, but Negueba with more excellent dribbling. It's just that final ball he's lacking.
Brazil prepping for a long throw.
Pacheco went for goal with that free kick, but the angle was too tight. The Liverpool guy needs to work on his set piece delivery.
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