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Ghana to face Brazil in U20 final

By Matthew Kenyon
BBC Sport, Cairo

Ghana under-20 striker Dominic Adiyiah
Dominic Adiyiah is the top scorer at the Under-20 World Cup

Ghana are through to the U20 World Cup final for the third time after a tense 3-2 victory over Hungary on Tuesday.

Two goals from Dominic Adiyiah and one from Abeiku Quansah saw the Black Satellites through.

The Hungarians answered with second-half goals from substitutes Marko Futacs and Adam Balajti.

Ghana will now play Brazil in the final on Friday.

Just as in their quarter-final against South Korea, Ghana looked to have won the game but then allowed their opponents back in to set up a tight finish.

The Black Satellites opened brightly and took advantage of desperately poor Hungarian defending to take the lead in the ninth minute.

Captain Dede Ayew showed persistence and courage in chasing a seemingly lost cause, getting round the defence and touching the ball towards goal just as he fell.

Adiyiah made sure by bundling the ball over the line to score his seventh goal of the tournament.

The goal did nothing to improve Hungary's form, with stray passes and weak tackles exemplifying their play.

Ghana in contrast began to play with the strength and precision and took a 2-0 lead on the half hour.

Adiyiah coolly nodded home his and Ghana's second goal from Samuel Inkoom's cross from the right - no more than the Black Satellites deserved.

Adiyiah, Osei and Ayew all had chances to extend the lead before the break but it remained 2-0 at half time.

In the second half, Hungary at last were creating some pressure but their opportunities came to nothing until the 72nd minute.

Andras Simon found substitute Futacs who shot home from close range, watched by a static Ghana defence.

Andras Gosztonyi should have levelled it just moments later when, with time to spare, he fired a curling shot just over the bar and suddenly it was Hungary who were in the ascendancy.

The Black Satellites eased the pressure in wonderful style when substitute Opoku Agyemang fed Quansah on the right and his powerful shot rocketed off the underside of the bar to make it 3-1.

But Ghana again conceded shortly after scoring - as David Addy was turned by Balajti who then finished well.

But the Black Satellites held on and will play Brazil in the final.

Alan Kardec's second-half goal put Brazil into the final with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica on Tuesday.

From a cross from Bertucci, Kardec scored in the 67th minute, swinging high to shoot past Costa Rica goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado at close range.

The Brazilians - four-time tournament winners - struggled to gain the advantage.

Costa Rica fielded five defenders against Brazil, determined to avoid a repeat of their 5-0 defeat on 27 September when the teams played their opening match.

Brazil coach Rogerio Lourenco said he was more concerned with Tuesday's result than the quality of the game.



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see also
Ghana and Hungary into U20 semis
09 Oct 09 |  African
Ghana advance knocking out SA
06 Oct 09 |  African
Ghana top group as England go out
02 Oct 09 |  African
Ghana hand thrashing to England
29 Sep 09 |  African
Ghana beat Uzbekistan 2-1
27 Sep 09 |  African
2009 Under-20 World Cup
26 Sep 09 |  African


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