Brazil lose on penalties to Ghana in Under-20s World Cup final
Scoreless after a turgid 90 minutes, Brazil and Ghana went to extra time and then penalties in the Under-20s World Cup final in Cairo on Friday. Brazil failed to capitalize after Addo was sent off in the first-half and their lack of invention and drive was to cost them when the game went to a sudden death shootout.
Brazil’s much-vaunted squad lacked any coherence or understanding in the midfield and upfront. But it was their lack of adventure and belief against a ten-man Ghana that disappointed most. All credit to Ghana for holding on but in truth they were rarely threatened.
The game was a real let down but here are the penalties
Ghana (4) 0-0 (3) Brazil
Ghana: Agyei, Inkoom, Addo, Mensah, Addy, Agyemang-Badu, Quansah (Agyemang), Rabiu (Addae), Ayew, Osei (Kassenu), Adiyiah.
Coach: Sellas Tetteh
Brazil: Rafael, Douglas (Wellington Junior), Dalton, Rafael Tolói, Diogo, Renan (Maicon), Souza, Giuliano, Paulo Henrique Ganso (Douglas Costa), Alex Teixeira, Alan Kardec.
Coach: Rogério Lourenço
Venue: Cairo International Stadium, no Cairo (EGI).
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL).
Yellows: Douglas, Alex Teixeira, Souza (Brazil) Red: Addo (Ghana)
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