France clinch U-20 World Cup title
- Published: 14/07/2013 at 04:49 AM
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France clinched a maiden under-20 World Cup title on Saturday after defeating Uruguay 4-1 on penalties following a goalless draw in Istanbul.
France forward Yaya Sanogo (top) jumps for the ball next to Uruguay midfielder Sebastian Cristoforo on July 13, 2013 during the FIFA Under 20 World Cup final football match at the Turk Telecom stadium in Istanbul. France clinched a maiden under-20 World Cup title on Saturday after defeating Uruguay 4-1 on penalties following a goalless draw in Istanbul.
Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was the hero for France as he saved spot-kicks from Emiliano Velazquez and Giorgian De Arrascaeta in the shootout before Dimitri Foulquier swept the winning penalty beyond Uruguay's Guillermo De Amores.
Both 'keepers were instrumental in sending the game to extra time, and latterly penalties, with Areola making crucial stops to deny Nicolas Lopez and Felipe Avenatti during the regulation 90 minutes, while De Amores produced two sharp saves to keep out Jordan Veretout and Alexy Bosetti in the closing stages of normal time.
Earlier, Ghana secured third place after beating Iraq 3-0 with goals from Joseph Attamah, Ebenezer Assifuah and Frank Acheampong.
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