U20 W/Cup: African champion, Mali sink Argentina on penalties to snatch last quarter-final spot
London, June 5, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Mali beat Argentina 5-4 in penalty shootout to qualify for the quarterfinals of the U-20 FIFA World Cup in Poland.
Twice, the Malians came from behind to level scores with the Argentines. Argentina had led in the in the 49th minute with a goal by Adolfo Gaich,
But Abdoulaye Diaby equalized for Mali in the 67th minute to force an extra-time.
The Argentines led again in the first minute of extra time, with Diaby’s deflection giving them a goal.
The hard fighting Malians equalized in the last minute, thus triggering a penalty shoot out.
The Malian keeper saved the second Argentine spot kick , but the Malians scored all, thus edging out Argentina.
The Malians join Senegal, another West African team in the tournament. Senegal’s Young Teranga Lions beat Nigeria’s Flying Eagles 2-1 on Monday in the Round of 16.
Other quarter finalists are United States, who beat France 3-2 ; South Korea who beat Japan 1-0.
On Monday, Ukraine and Ecuador also qualified for the quarter-finals, while Italy and Colombia qualified on Sunday.