Uruguay returns to a world final

Uruguay returns to a world final

Players from Uruguay celebrate at the end today of a match of the semifinals of the U-20 Soccer World Cup between Uruguay and Israel at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium in La Plata (Argentina). EFE

The selection of Uruguay with ranked this Thursday, June 8, 2023 at final of the Under-20 World Cup after beating Israel 1-0 in the city of La Plata with a goal from Anderson Duarte.

He striker scored after 61 minutes to the joy of the thousands of Uruguayans who crossed the Río de la Plata to support those led by Marcelo Broli.

The Celeste dominated the first part of a match played in front of more than 25,000 people who arrived at the Estadio Único Diego Armando Maradona to cheer on the two teams.

The high pressure and the quick exits from the bottom were two of the bets of Marcelo Broli’s team, who finally could count on six field players on the bench.

After 20 minutes, a great save by Randall Rodríguez against a shot by Tay Abed became the first clear opportunity for the vice-European champion.

Uruguay responded with two plays by Anderson Duarte that came close to becoming the first goal of the afternoon.

First he missed it after a great counterattack that ended with a shot well cleared by goalkeeper Tomer Zarfati and then with a shot that went near the left upright.

Second time

For the second half, Marcelo Broli sent Ferrari onto the field, who was close to not playing and ended up playing half a game.

The departure of Ignacio Sosa marked an offensive variation and this was reflected on the field with Celeste turning higher and higher.

And after so many attempts, the goal came: After an impressive play by Alan Maturro and a great save by goalkeeper Zarfati, Duarte captured the rebound and pushed the ball to make it 1-0 after 61 minutes.

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Uruguay continued to dominate and Boselli was close to scoring the second with a good header. Then goalkeeper Zarfati saved a powerful shot from Maturro.

With six minutes to go, a huge defensive error by Uruguay allowed Omer Senior to go one-on-one against goalkeeper Randall Rodríguez, who prevented the goal with an impressive save.

Israel could do nothing after that play and La Celeste sealed a victory that qualified them to their third final in history ten years after having played the last.

Uruguay won and on Sunday they will go for the cup against the winner of the Italy-South Korea match.

– Datasheet:

Uruguay: Randall Rodriguez; Rodrigo Chagas, Sebastian Boselli, Facundo Gonzalez, Alan Matturro; Fabricio Diaz, Damian Garcia, Ignacio Sosa (m.46, Andrew Ferrari); Franco Gonzalez, Anderson Duarte (m.80, James Homenchenko) and Juan Cruz of the Saints (m.85, Matthew de Ritis).

Coach: Marcelo Broli

Israel: Tomer Zarfati; Ilay Feingold (m.76, Noam Ben Harosh), Stav Lemkin, Or Israelov, Roy Revivo; Ilai Madmoun (m.71, Ran Binyamin), El Yam Kancepolsky (m.76, Roy Navi); Anan Khalaili (m.58, Omer Senior), Tay Abed (m.58, Ahmad Ibrahim), Hamza Shibli and Dor Turgeman.

Coach: Ofir Haim. (EFE)

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