UZBEKISTAN VS. ISRAEL
The Asian champion clashes with the second best nation in Europe
Uzbekistan clashes with Israel in the second match corresponding to the round of 16 of the U-20 World Cup. The duel is disputed at the Malvinas Argentinas Stadium in Mendoza with the refereeing of the Argentinean Yael Falcón Pérez and DirecTV television. The winner of the key will wait for the rival that emerges from the cross between Brazil and Tunisia.
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The Asian team, champion in their region to qualify for the tournament, shared Group A with Argentina and finished in second position after losing to Albiceleste, drawing with New Zealand and defeating Guatemala. The Uzbeks proved to be a well-worked team tactically and physically, as well as having an important figure in Shakhzodjon Nematjonov.
However, the match has all the seasonings to be attractive, since Israel is facing it, runner-up in Europe behind England. Those led by Ofir Haim also reached the phase of the best 16 with four points as a result of the loss with Colombia in the debut, the equality with Senegal and a victory against Japan.
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Uzbekistan: Asrorbek Kenjayev, Abubakir Ashurov, Abdugadir Khusanov, Jakhongir Urozov, Zafarmurod Abdurakhmatov, Dyorbek Ortiqboyev, Sherzod Esanov, Saidafzalkhon Akhrorov, Bekhruzbek Askarov, Shakhzodjon Nematjonov and Abbasbek Faizullaev. DT: Farhod Nishanov.
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Israel: Tomer Zarfati, Eli Feingold, Stav Lemkin, Or Israelov, Roy Revivo, Eli Madmon, Roy Navi, Omer Senior, Tai Abed, Ariel Lugasi and Dor Turgeman. DT: Ophir Haim.
Stadium: Malvinas Argentinas de Mendoza
Referee: Yael Falcon Perez (Argentina)
UNITED STATES 4-0 NEW ZEALAND
The best actions of the clash between North Americans and the All Whites in Mendoza
The United States, one of the candidates to go far, thrashed New Zealand 4-0 and is the first to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Under 20 World Cup. With goals from Owen Wolff, Cade Cowell, Justin Che and Rokas Pukstas, the North Americans ratified the performance they had in the group stage and are waiting for the winner of the match between Uruguay and Gambia.
Although the Concacaf representative arrived as the favorite for the series, the first two goal opportunities were at the feet of Norman Garbett. The All Whites’ pitcher had two clear chances that he was unable to take advantage of and quickly paid dearly for. At 14 minutes, Owen Wolff shot from midrange and the ball entered the bottom right corner of the goal defended by Kees Sims.
The siege continued near the New Zealand area and the United States demonstrated in performance why in the previous one they already gave it as the winner of the match. Shots from the croissant, aerial balls and even a shot on the post were the signs of superiority. However, they lacked effectiveness when it came to defining and together with the good responses from the goalkeeper, the round of 16 match ended due to the slightest difference at halftime.
The trend in the second half continued and the North Americans continued without being able to get the goal of tranquility. The favorites used their wingers a lot but when it came to crossing, that last touch was missing to be able to widen the difference. After so much trying, his center forward finally managed to make it 2-0 after 61 minutes: Cade Cowell received inside the area and with a cross shot he left the rival goalkeeper without a chance.
The celebration of the Americans at the opening of the score (Photo: AP)
With 15 minutes to go, Diego Luna intercepted a New Zealand free kick and took a quick counter to set up Cowell in the left sector. The tip got rid of the goalkeeper, centered again towards the midfielder who defined the crowd of people as best he could. A defender blocked the shot but the rebound went to Justin Che, who followed the play from the beginning, and drove the ball through an empty net.
From one moment to the next, the United States sharpened its sights and achieved a result more in line with what was the process of the match. In the 81st minute, a set piece from the left side overshot the misjudged goalkeeper and rokas Pukstas, a freshman, came running in to head into the back of the net.
The North American team was, together with Argentina, the only one that could get the nine available points in the group stage with the difference that those led by Mikey Varas did not conceded goals: victories 1-0 against Ecuador, 3-0 against Fiji, 2- 0 to Slovakia and 4-0 in the round of 16. With Diego Luna and Cade Cowell as the main figures on the attack front, the USMNT got a pass to the quarterfinals where they will face the winner of the match between Uruguay and Gambia.
Estados Unidos: Gaga Slonina; Brandan Craig, Joshua Wynder, Jonathan Gómez; Justin Che, Daniel Edelman, Jack McGlynn, Caleb Wiley; Diego Luna, Cade Cowell, Owen Wolff. DT: Mikey Varas.
New Zealand: Kees Sims; Finn Linder, Isaac Hughes, Finn Surman, Luke Kelly – Heald; Fin Conchie, Dan Mckay; Benjamin Wallace, Jay Herdman, Norman Garbett; Oliver Colloty. DT: Darren Bazeley.
Stadium: Malvinas Argentinas de Mendoza
Referee: Mohamed Maarouf Eid Mansour (Egypt)
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