Friday, 13 July 2007

Argentina, Chile and Mexico all through to U-20 Quarters

All three Latin American sides in action last night progressed to the Quarter Finals of the U-20 World Cup.

Chile suprised many by defeating the fancied Portugese side 1-0 in the opening match of the evening. A first half strike from Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Arturo Vidal, was enough to give the Chileans the victory in an ill-tempered affair which saw two Portugese players, along with Vidal himself, sent their marching orders.

Mexico beat Congo 3-0 in their second round match, although the score didn't accurately reflect the game. Despite Mexico taking an early lead through a Giovanni Dos Santos penalty, Congo did not lie down easily, storming back into the game and missing three guilt edged chances along the way. In the end, it wasn't to be their day and two late strikes from Omar Esparaza and Pablo Barrera booked Mexico's place in the quarters.

Argentina came through to defeat Poland 3-1 despite initially trailing to a Dawid Janczyk strike mid way through the first half. Maxi Moralez played a clever one-two with Sergio Aguero before sliding the ball across for Angel Di Maria to equalise five minutes before half time. Aguero himself made it 2-1 shortly after the break, flicking the ball over a Polish defender in the box and finishing superbly on the half volley. Aguero added a third, four minutes from time, calmly rounding the Polish keeper and slotting home to seal their place in the next round.

Chile now face Nigeria on the 15th July with Argentina and Mexico facing off against each other later on the same day.

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