U20 World Cup: Chile bow out in seven goal thriller with Ghana


Chile’s U20 campaign came to an end in dramatic fashion as they lost 4-3 to Ghana with the winner coming in the 121st minute.

Ghana were the first on the scoresheet in only the eleventh minute as Moses Odjer struck a beautiful right foot volley after controlling a chipped cross from from Frank Acheampong.

It didn’t take long for la rojita to be back on level terms as they caught their opponents on the break midway through the half. Christian Bravo was the chief architect after he regained possession in midfield before playing the ball through to Nicolás Castillo who fired home one of the goals of the tournament from the edge of the area that left Ghanian goalkeeper, Eric Antwi with no chance. The goal was Castillo’s fifth goal of the tournament.

Four minutes later Chile grabbed the lead with Angelo Henriquez doing the damage as he spun off his marker before firing low right foot shot just inside the post. It was a goal that harked back to his time at Universidad de Chile and it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to call it “classic” Henriquez

Before the half time whistle Chile had more chances to increase their lead as Castillo curled one over the crossbar and Andrés Robles found the side netting from a Bryan Rabello free kick.

Ghana came out firing in the second half but it was Chile who had the better chances as Antwi was called into action to keep out goal bound efforts from Castillo and Henriquez whilst for the Ghanaians had a chance of their own courtesy of Abdul Rahman Baba slicing his shot after forcing his way into a good shooting position.

Ghana’s pressure finally paid off eighteen minutes before full time as Ebenezer Assifuah poked home a Clifford Aboagye pass. Try as they might neither team couldn’t find the back of the net in the remaining minutes and the match headed to extra time.

Eight minutes into extra time Chile once again took the lead as they sprung Ghana’s offside trap as Henriquez got his second of the match as he got on the end of a lofted ball from Claudio Baeza to head over a stranded Antwi.

Ghana levelled things up seven minutes before the end of extra time courtesy of Seidu Salifu before a disastrous breakdown in Chile’s defence allowed Assifuah’s tame header to bounce across the line in the 121st minute thus ending la rojita’s hopes of repeating the efforts of the 2007 team.

Chile 3-4 Ghana

Photo taken from fifa.com


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