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2015 FIFA U-20 W’Cup: Road Ends For Africa

Posted: Jun 17, 2015 at 6:12 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

It was a sad day for African football at the ongoing U-20 FIFA World Cup New Zealand 2015 as all hopes of the continent’s representatives winning the tournament were dashed after Senegal and Mali crashed out at the semi-finals stage on Wednesday.

Senegal put up a poor showing all through the match against Brazil, which handed down a 5-0 thrashing in a game that was practically won in a matter of minutes.

Andelinou Correa scored an own goal on five minutes and Senegal’s disastrous start got worse just moments later when Marcos Guilherme finished off a sweeping move to make it 2-0.

Gabriel Jesus curling strike hit the post as Brazil continued to press, and in the 19th minute Boschilia tapped in after goalkeeper Ibrahima Sy poorly held a cross put to him.

Senegal were not out-rightly onlookers Sidy Sarrdid hit the bar soon after but they went 4-0 down when Jorge score a fine solo effort.

And just before the break Senegal’s misery was compounded when Elimane Cisse was sent off for a second yellow card.

The fifth and final goal came on 78 minutes when Guilherme scored his second goal of the day.

Meanwhile, in Auckland, Serbia defeated Mali 2-1 in the second semi-final match of the day.

The Serb side opened scoring early in the fourth minute when Andrija Zivkovic converted poor clearance by defender Souleymane Diarra to send his side ahead.

Mali, nevertheless, equalized via Youssouf Kone’s shot from 25 yards in the 39th minute.

The game went into extra time where Ivan Saponjic’s header gave the Serbians the lead once more in the 101st minute.

A second yellow card to Kone, who was sent off for a rash challenge, was the last straw for Mali.

Serbia will now meet Brazil in the final while Mali and Senegal will play in the third-place final.