Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 7th 2015 Contents WELLINGTON---Portugal
strode confidently into the
knockout rounds of the Fifa
Under-20 World Cup yesterday,
beating Colombia 3--1 for its
third-straight win in Group C.
Despite the loss, Colombia
also progressed to the round of
which was just good enough for
second place in the group.
Senegal beat Qatar 2--1 in the
last Group C match and also
finished with four points; behind
Colombia on goal differential
but likely good enough to
advance as one of the four best
third-place teams. Qatar finished
last with three losses.
Portugal has now superseded
Argentina as favorite to win the
World Cup after the South
American champion was elim-
inated Friday when its 0--0 draw
with Austria left it with only
two points in Group B.
Nuno Santos scored the open-
ing goal with a superb curling
free kick after only three minutes
and Andre Silva scored twice in
the second half; the first from
a penalty and the second with
a header as Colombia s keeper
came off his line but did not get
to Nuno Santos cross.
Portugal has ten goals, while
Santos Borre s 74th minute goal
for Colombia was the first it has
"We knew we were going to
have problems because we were
taking on a team with a lot of
qualities, not just in technical
terms but also in the way they
set themselves out on the pitch,"
Portugal coach Helio Sousa said.
"We were aware that we had
to be strong all the time. Today
we knew what to do when we
had the ball and also when we
didn t, which is also important."
Senegal 2, Qatar 1
Senegal came from a goal
down after a lethargic first half
to beat Qatar 2--1, at the same
time ensuring hosts New
Zealand will progress to the
round of 16 as the third-placed
team in Group A.
Qatar s Akram Afif converted
a penalty in the 17th minute after
Almoez Ali was brought down.
Stand-in captain Alassane Sylla
equalized in the 76th minute
and Moussa Kone, after threat-
ening on several occasions,
scored the winner five minutes
Senegal needed another goal
to have a chance of ousting
Colombia from second place and
almost scored but Mamadou
Ndiaye s long-range shot went
just wide of the post.
"It was a very difficult match,"
Senegal coach Joseph Koto said.
"Both teams wanted to win and
a draw was no good for either
"Before the game we knew
that even by taking three points
it d very difficult to qualify, so
we handled the situation we
were in very well.
"The penalty gave us a big
shock and we tried to level the
game too quickly, which is not
the way we should have gone
Serbia 2, Mexico 0
Serbia beat Mexico 2--0 to
claim first place in Group D
which was the tightest of the
tournament. After two rounds,
all four teams --- Serbia, Mexico,
Mali and Uruguay --- were tied
on three points.
Serbia s win yesterday elim-
inated Mexico from contention
for a place in the knockout
rounds but Mali and Uruguay
stayed in the race after playing
out a 1--1 draw which left them
with four points each and iden-
tical goal differentials. A drawing
of lots was required to separate
them in the standings, with
Uruguay taking second place
and Mali third.
Nemanja Maksimovic gave
Serbia the lead after only two
minutes and Andrija Zivkovic
doubled the lead just before half-
Uruguay led Mali with a goal
to Franco Acosta in the 17th
minute but Mali showed the
tenacity that has served them
so well throughout the tourna-
ment, equalising through Adama
Traore a minute before halftime.
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BERLIN---Barcelona won the
Champions League for the fourth
time in a decade yesterday, with
Luis Suarez grabbing the crucial
goal in a 3--1 victory over Juventus
at the end of a season that began
with the Uruguay striker serving a
ban for biting.
The $110-million recruit from Liv-
erpool scored Barcelona s second in
the 68th minute after Lionel Messi s
shot was palmed away by goalkeeper
Neymar had a goal disallowed for
handball but, with the final going
into a seventh minute of stoppage
time, the Brazil striker found time
to score again. This time it count-
ed.Ivan Rakitic had sent Barcelona
into a fourth-minute lead, but the
Spanish champions failed to build
on their early dominance before
Juventus leveled ten minutes into
the second half through Alvaro
Juventus, though, couldn t prevent
Barcelona from collecting the Euro-
pean Cup for the fifth time as the
front three took their goal tally to
122 this season.
The triumph comes after four
years without success in European
competition and ensures both coach
Luis Enrique and Suarez end their
first season with the club with a tre-
ble.Juventus initially looked like it
could cause an upset against the
most dominant team in Europe in
the modern era. Assertive from kick
off, Juventus made Barcelona look
anxious initially. It didn t last long
--- just four minutes, in fact.
In a move that involved all ten
outfield players touching the ball,
starting with Jordi Alba s throw in,
Barcelona took the lead.
So often the provider of goals,
Messi delivered a precise cross-field
pass in the goalward advance. It
landed at the feet of Jordi Alba, who
played in Neymar and the ball was
then slipped through to Andres Ini-
With a flick, Iniesta squared for
Rakitic to power into the net from
close range past Buffon.
The expectation was that
Barcelona would take a stranglehold
on the final.
Had it not been for Buffon s
stretching save at the start of the
second half to deny Suarez, Juventus
would have been two behind.
Messi, for once, also couldn t find
the target after a one-two with
It proved costly. A back-heel from
Claudio Marchisio began the move
that led to Juve s equaliser.
An initial shot from Carlos Tevez
was parried by Marc-Andre ter Ste-
gen. But Morata, who scored in both
legs of the semifinal against former
club Real Madrid, sent the follow-
up into the net with ease.
Juve didn t use the opportunity
to swing the final in its favour, and
Barca was back in front 13 minutes
later after launching an electrifying
Within five minutes of Suarez s
goal, Barca was celebrating again ---
but the joy was short-lived. Neymar
was spotted to have headed the ball
onto his arm before it went past
But Neymar did have the final say
in this final with the late, late goal.
Barcelona beats Juventus 3--1 in final
WE DID IT: Barcelona's Dani Alves and Neymar celebrate after the
Champions League final soccer match between Juventus Turin and FC
Barcelona at the Olympic stadium in Berlin yesterday. Barcelona won the
match 3--1. See Page A56. AP PHOTO
Portugal sets the pace, Mexico out Group A
x-qualifies for round of 16
xy-Uruguay awarded 2nd place after the drawing of
FIFA UNDER-20 WORLD CUP
Referee Artur Dias, right, of Portugal gestures to Argentinian
players from left, Tomas Martinez, Leonardo Rolon and Angel
Correa during their U20 soccer World Cup match against Panama
in Wellington, New Zealand, on May 30, 2015. AP PHOTO
WORLD CUP GLANCE
Hamilton Group C
Senegal 2, Qatar 1
Mali 1, Uruguay 1
Portugal 3, Colombia 1
Serbia 2, Mexico 0
Group F: Honduras vs
Group E: Brazil vs North
Group F: Fiji vs
Group E: Hungary vs
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