Penalties send Venezuela into first FIFA final

Seoul, Thursday @PeopleSports11

Venezuela are into the climax of the FIFA U-20 World Cup as they survived a tight all-South American clash to squeeze through to their first ever FIFA final, beating Uruguay 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

The pair are familiar foes, meeting twice in qualifying. Neither had conceded at Korea Republic 2017 until the last eight and, as a result, the game was a well-marshalled one.

Venezuela were the tournament’s top scorers but, besides a spurned header by Nahuel Ferraresi, were largely frustrated. Marcelo Saraachi went closest at the other end, seeing his low effort beaten away by Wuilker Farinez.

While La Vinotinto moved the ball the better, Uruguay got the early second-half break-through, with Nicolas De La Cruz slotting in from the penalty spot after Agustin Canobbio had been felled.

It should have been two moments later, but a stunning save by Farinez denied Nicolas Schiappacasse from point-blank range. Venezuela probed but the blue wall was firm in the face of burgundy pressure.

Sergio Cordova spurned a great chance to head his fifth of the tournament but substitute Samuel Sosa saved the day. The matches are live on StarTimes.

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