Brazil cruised past Senegal in their U-20 World Cup semifinal to book a place in the final for the ninth team and they will face surprise package Serbia on Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand.
The Selecao beat Senegal 5-0 as they built off a devastating opening 19 minutes which saw them race into a 3-0 lead. An own goal put them ahead and Marcos Guilherme and Gabriel Boschilia each added another before Jorge made it 4-0 before the break. Guilerhme grabbed another in the second half to complete the 5-0 rout.
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After drawing 0-0 but prevailing on penalty kicks in both their last 16 and quarterfinal matches, Brazil’s offensive explosion sees the five-time champions heading into the final as heavy favorites.
As for Serbia — who knocked out the U.S. U-20 national team in the quarterfinals on penalty kicks — they went to extra time for the third-straight knockout game and overcame Mali 2-1 to advance to its first-ever U-20 World Cup final. Andrija Zivkovic scored early to put Serbia ahead but Mali equalized through Youssouf Kone to take the game into extra time. Serbia’s game-winner arrived in the 101st minute as Ivan Saponjic headed home before Mali had Kone sent off and several players lost the plot in the closing stages amid disgraceful scenes in Auckland.
If Brazil wins then they will equal the record six U-20 World Cup titles won by South American rivals Argentina. As for the third place match, Mali and Senegal will also do battle in Auckland on Saturday.
The final takes place at midnight on Saturday and you can stream it live via NBC Deportes En Vivo Extra.