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captured two semi-final places at
the Under-20 World Cup, yester-
day, as Mali and Senegal kept up
their surprising run in the tour-
Mali pulled off its biggest upset
yet by beating European champion
Germany 4-3 on penalties while
Senegal beat Uzbekistan 1-0 for the
only regulation-time win in yester-
day s quarter-finals, three of which
were decided in shootouts.
Serbia and the United States trad-
ed 18 penalties before Serbia
emerged 6-5 winner of a match
which had been locked 0-0 after
And five-time champion Brazil
was taken to penalties for the second
match in a row before beating Por-
tugal 3-1 following another 0-0
draw. Serbia will play Mali and Brazil
will play Senegal in Wednesday s
Brazil is the last of football s
superpowers remaining in the tour-
nament. South American champion
Argentina failed to progress from
group play along with Central Amer-
ica s champion Mexico. Former
champion Ghana and front-runner
Nigeria both fell in the round of 16,
which also claimed 2013 finalist
While Brazil and Serbia qualified
for the last 16 at the top of their
groups, Mali and Senegal needed
tiebreakers after both won one and
drew one of their three group
Brazil has found goal-scoring
increasingly difficult as the tourna-
ment has progressed but has been
efficient in shootouts. Brazil looked
tired after being taken to penalties
by Uruguay three days ago, and Por-
tugal dominated much of the game
but wasted a number of chances.
In the shootout, Lucao missed the
second penalty for Brazil but Raphael
Guzzo, Andre Silva and Nuno Santos
all missed for Portugal, allowing
captain Danilo and Gabriel Jesus to
send the Brazilians through.
"Everyone saw what happened
but in the end we were able to cel-
ebrate in the penalty shootout," Brazil
coach Rogerio Micale said. "Portugal
created more in front of goal than
we did and deserved to win today."
Portugal coach Helio Sousa was
left to regret his team s failure to
"finish off everything we created."
"We stamped our authority on
the game, we were better in every
area but we just couldn t score," he
Germany led 1-0 after the first
half and also missed a penalty in
regulation time before coming up
short in the shootout. The penalty
shootout was level at 3-3 when Mali
baulked first with a miss. With the
game there for the taking, two Ger-
man players missed their shots and
"We didn t lose the match because
of the opponent, we lost it because
of penalties," Germany coach Frank
Wormuth said. "At the end it s luck
Mamadou Thiam scored in the
76th minute to send first-time qual-
ifiers Senegal to the last four. Uzbek-
istan had been kept in the match
by goalkeeper Dilshod Khamraev,
who pulled off a series of remarkable
saves before Thiam s combination
with Remi Nassalan created the win-
"We have prayed a lot since the
beginning of the competition and
particularly in the last few days,"
Senegal coach Joseph Koto said.
"Most importantly I want to con-
gratulate my players because they
truly played a heroic match today."
Serbia advanced to their maiden
World Cup semi-final after a
marathon shootout against the US
The match needed 18 penalties to
decide a victor.
Serbia held the Americans to just
two shots on target in the game.
"Today we won an important
game and defeated a very good team
in the United States. I think it was
a very even game for both teams,"
Serbia coach Veljko Paunovic s said.
"In the end, I think we were lucky
with the penalties."
HAMILTON---Brazil survived its
second-straight penalty shootout,
beating Portugal 3-1 yesterday to
advance to the semifinals of the
FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
After beating Uruguay 5-4 in a
shootout in the Round of 16, five-
time champion Brazil again
showed its aptitude from the spot
and will now face either Senegal
or Uzbekistan on Wednesday.
Portugal had been by far the
better team in normal time,
repeatedly stretching the Brazil
defense through Gelson Martins,
Rafa and Nuno Santos. But Brazil
held on to force the match into
extra time, then into a shootout.
"Portugal created more in front
of goal than we did and deserved
to win today," Brazil coach Rogerio
Micale said. "They were better
than us but, that being said, I don t
think anyone can say that we
didn t deserve to go through."
Manchester United signing
Andreas Pereira scored for Brazil
and Manchester City s Rony Lopes
replied for Portugal to start the
shootout. Then Raphael Guzzo,
Andre Slva and Santos all missed
for Portugal while captain Danilo
and Gabriel Jesus scored to send
Portugal was by far the more
creative and more threatening side
in a match which failed to live-
up to expectations as a clash of
bitter rivals and football super-
Brazil seemed lethargic at times,
possibly a result of its extra time
clash with Uruguay but also a sign
of the wariness which seems to
have infected it throughout the
tournament. Its clash with
Uruguay was also locked at 0-0
after extra time.
"We knew it was going to be
tough and that s how it turned
out," Micale said. "We were tired
after playing extra-time against
Uruguay and we suffered a bit.
"Everyone saw what happened
but in the end we were able to
celebrate in the penalty shootout."
Portugal made the running from
the outset and Nunos had the first
real chance after only three min-
utes, pushing his shot wide of the
posts. Martins provided an out-
standing left-wing cross from
Lopes in the 10th minute but
Lopes header was wide.
The talented Martins was again
the provider for Silva in the 14th
minute but Silva headed wide with
just the keeper to beat.
Fullback Rafa put a slanted shot
across the face of goal in the 28th
minute, which inched wide of the
far post. Among all those chances
and against the run of play, Danilo
seemed to have put Brazil ahead,
rising to head the ball into the
back of the net but the whistle
had already sounded for a free
Portugal peppered the Brazil
goal throughout the second half.
Martin s long range shot in the
72nd mintue was deflected and
Silva brought the crowd to its feet
when his powerful shot hit the
inside of the post and bounced
back into play.
Portugal had perhaps the best
chance of the match at the end
of the first period of extra-time
when Santos made a long run out
of defense and put the ball per-
fectly at the feet of Martins who,
in a one-on-one with the goal-
keeper shot wide.
Brazil s Lucao was the first to
miss in the penalty shootout,
pushing his shot wide of goal. That
was immediately negated when
Guzzo shot straight at the keep-
er.Danilo and Gabriel stepped up
to score for Brazil while Silva shot
wide and Santos put the crucial
kick over the crossbar.
UNDER-20 WORLD CUP
Mali, Senegal lead African charge
Gedion Zelalem of the USA, left, and
Serbia's Milos Veljkovic contest for
the ball during their U-20 soccer
World Cup quarter-final game in
Auckland, New Zealand, yesterday.
Brazil's Danilo and Portugal's Tomas compete for the ball during their U-20 soccer
World Cup quarter-final game in Hamilton, New Zealand, yesterday AP PHOTO
Brazil on kicks against Portugal
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