October 1, 2023 10:02 pm
Italy to face Uruguay in Under-20 World Cup final

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Italy and Uruguay will each and every be bidding for a initially Below-20 Globe Cup title when the nations meet in the final on Sunday.

Italy knocked out South Korea with a two-1 win in the semifinals Thursday immediately after Uruguay beat Israel 1-. Each matches took spot Único Diego Armando Maradona Stadium at La Plata, which will also host the final and the playoff for third spot.

Uruguay reached tournament final in 1997 and 2013, losing the championship matches to Argentina and France on these occasions, Italy will play the decider for the initially time.

The evening encounter in between Italy and South Korea supplied a lot more than 20,000 spectators one particular of the finest matches of the tournament, with goalkeepers Sebastiano Desplanches and Kim Joon-hong operating difficult from get started to finish.

Italy opened the scoring in the 14th minute through the player of the tournament so far. Cesare Casadei shot from the edge of the box in spite of becoming crowded by 3 South Koreans to place the ball in the back of the net for the seventh time in the U-20 Globe Cup.

South Korea equalized with Lee Seung-won’s shot from the spot in the 23rd immediately after a video reviewed choice.

Each teams squandered possibilities to get ahead, which includes one particular for Italy that necessary purpose line critique. The deadlock was broken in the 86th, when substitute Simone Pafundi scored from a totally free kick.

The Italian lineup has been resurgent in the knockout rounds with wins more than England and Colombia immediately after putting third in its group.

Target man Anderson Duarte scored Uruguay’s only purpose of the initially semifinal in the 61st minute from close variety, one particular of the handful of possibilities either group had for the duration of the match.

Israel goalkeeper Tomer Zarfati deflected a shot by Alan Matturro and it hit his left post, but Duarte was faster than the Israeli defenders to place the ball in the back of the net.

To attain the final, Uruguay completed its group in second spot, and eliminated Gambia and the United States.

Israel will play South Korea in the third spot Sunday, virtually going the distance immediately after an eventual initially trip to the Below-20 Globe Cup.

Protests in Muslim-majority Indonesia against hosting the Israel group forced FIFA into a really late switch of venues.

Argentina stepped in late to host the tournament.


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