Both sides have been forced to grind out difficult results in the knockout phase, but Venezuela and Italy have been rewarded for their efforts with a place in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup final.
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Uruguay 1-1 (3-4 on PKs) Venezuela
Samuel Sosa gave Venezuela a chance to win it in extra time after scoring a late equalizer in second-half stoppage time following Nicolas De La Cruz’s opener for Uruguay.
From there, it was meant to be settled from the penalty spot as the Vinotinto edged Uruguay on spot kicks. NYCFC’s Yangel Herrera scored the eventual winner for Venezuela, who became the first nation to book their place in the U-20 final.
Italy 1-3 England
Two minutes is all it took for Italy to jump out in front, but the Three Lions didn’t stop putting up a fight. Riccardo Orsolini helped the Azzurri get out to the early lead against the European foe before Dominic Solanke leveled things up for England in the 66th minute.
Ademola Lookman and a second finish from Solanke completed the comeback for England, who scored three goals for the first time since their opening match against Argentina.Follow @MattReedFutbol