Penalties decide three semis at U-20s

The pressure of knockout soccer reared its head at the under-20 World Cup in New Zealand on Sunday with three of the four quarterfinals decided by penalty shootouts.
Brazil, Mali and Serbia all aanced to the semifinals courtesy of nerve-shredding shootouts, as heavyweights Portugal, Germany and the United States all crashed out. Only Senegal sealed a result inside the 90 minutes following a 1-0 win over Uzbekistan in Wellington. It was the second successive match the Brazilians had won on penalties as they held their nerve to win 3-1 after they were lucky to escape with a tense 0-0 result against Portugal after extra time. Mali and strong favorites Germany had been locked at 1-1 after extra time before the African side prevailed 4-3 on spotkicks, while Serbia won 6-5 after their match against the US ended in a scoreless stalemate.. Brazil will play Senegal in Christchurch in the first semifinal on Wednesday.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman