France emerge U-20 champions

Jul 15, 2013, 01:34 IST | AFP

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.

Alphonse Areola
France’s ’keeper Alphonse Areola saves a penallty. PIC/AFP

Both ’keepers were instrumental in sending the game to extra time, and latterly penalties, with Areola making crucial stops to deny Uruguay’s Nicolas Lopez and Felipe Avenatti during the regulation 90 minutes, while De Amores, on his part, produced two sharp saves to keep out Jordan Veretout and Alexy Bosetti in the closing stages of normal time.

Ghana finish third
Earlier, Ghana secured third place after beating Iraq 3-0 with goals from Joseph Attamah, Ebenezer Assifuah and Frank Acheampong.

How penalties panned out...
> Paul Pogba (France) successfully converts (1-0)
> Emiliano Velazquez (Uruguay) misses (1-0)
> Jordan Veretout (France) converts (2-0)
> Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Uruguay) misses (2-0)
> Axel Ngando (France) converts (3-0)
> Lucas Olaza (Uruguay) converts (3-1)
> Dimitri Foulquier (France) converts as France win 4-1 in penalty shootout 

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