Ghana defeats Brazil 4-3, on penalties, to win FIFA U20 World Cup for Africa

Date: 17-10-2009 12:36 am (14 years ago) | Author: King Samuel O Dguy
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Daniel Addo (left) is sent off but Ghana still became the first African side to win the U-20 World Cup.

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu scored the winning penalty after Brazil's Maicon had fired over the bar when a successful spot-kick would have handed Brazil the title for a record fifth time.

In a match of few chances, Ghana, who are also African champions, defied the odds to take the trophy out of Europe and South America for the first time ever after Daniel Addo was sent off in the 37th minute for a late tackle on Alex Teixeira.

Goalkeeper Daniel Aygei kept Ghana in the game earlier in extra-time with a point-blank save from Maicon, who had been teed-up 10 yards out by Alex Teixeira's cut-back.

Douglas Costa twice went close in the additional 30 minutes, while Aygei was also called into action to save from Wellington Junior.

Meanwhile, penalties were also needed to separate Hungary and Costa Rica in the third place playoff earlier in the day, but it was the European nation who eventually triumphed after the match ended 1-1 in 90 minutes.

Despite being outplayed for the majority of the game, Costa Rica went ahead with nine minutes remaining when Marcos Urena was allowed to run at the Hungarian defence before cutting inside and firing a right-footed shot which left goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi with no chance.

However, with the match entering injury time, Hungary were awarded a penalty when Jose Mena fouled Krisztian Nemeth in the box.

Vladimir Koman made no mistake from the spot to take the match into a shoot-out.

Liverpool's Gulacsi was the hero of the hour -- keeping out efforts from Cristian Gamboa, Esteban Luna and Adam Simon while Nemeth and Roland Varga both scored to hand Hungary a 2-0 victory on penalties.

The Black Satellites and their Nigerian counterparts have both been runners-up twice, but no African team has ever gone on to win the event.

Ghana coach Sellas Tetteh firmly believes it is time for that to change.

"Africa will win the tournament and Africa will change that trend," he said the day before the game.

"An African player has scored 8 goals at the tournament (Ghana's Dominic Adiyiah) and that has never happened before."

BBC - Before the match

The Black Satellites have been boosted by the news that captain Dede Ayew will start in the final despite picking up an ankle injury in Ghana's semi-final against Hungary.

Standing in their way are a Brazil team who are the second most prolific goal scorers in the competition, behind Ghana.

"I look at a team holistically. I take any member of the team seriously. I don't like to pinpoint individuals," Tetteh said.

"They are wonderful, very skilful, technically sound, fast on the ball - so composed, such a high scoring side and especially a team to beat!"

The difference between the two sides is in the number of goals they concede.

Where Ghana have let in eight goals, Brazil's defence has been breached only three times in the whole tournament.

Brazil coach Rogerio says that is down to the organisation of his whole side.

"From the beginning, the main goal was to achieve balance between the whole team," he said.
"The defence is working that well because the team is balanced and working as well in other areas of the pitch."

Brazil have won this event four times, compared to their great rivals Argentina's six.

But Sellas Tetteh thinks this is the time for Africa to win for the first ever time, as the continent hosts three global tournaments in 10 months.

"It is a massive tournament, it's like the tournament is being staged in our country," he said when asked about the reaction back home in Ghana.

"Getting this far, people have a lot of focus and tomorrow we need to bring joy to the country and to the continent.


Posted: at 17-10-2009 12:36 AM (14 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- Emmanuel4christ at 17-10-2009 01:07 AM (14 years ago)
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wow!!!!!! shame on nija boys...i dont know wht they are using with their youthful age.
Posted: at 17-10-2009 01:07 AM (14 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Cydrick at 17-10-2009 01:22 AM (14 years ago)
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29yrs old men forming u20youngster, wot do u expect, lik see if naija wud qualify for da senior world cup nw!  thumps upp Ghana  so u'll da giant of Africa. naija wake upp jor!   kudos GHANA
Posted: at 17-10-2009 01:22 AM (14 years ago) | Upcoming
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- e4ma at 17-10-2009 02:39 AM (14 years ago)
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Quote from: Cydrick on 17-10-2009 01:22 AM
29yrs old men forming u20youngster, wot do u expect, lik see if naija wud qualify for da senior world cup nw!  thumps upp Ghana  so u'll da giant of Africa. naija wake upp jor!   kudos GHANA
as if naija playres didnt do the same...........abeg give these guys credit for their hardwork.........gud job Ghana i want my own Cedis o
Posted: at 17-10-2009 02:39 AM (14 years ago) | Upcoming
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- lilsezy at 17-10-2009 02:44 AM (14 years ago)
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This guys are great!!!!
Posted: at 17-10-2009 02:44 AM (14 years ago) | Upcoming
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- logten at 17-10-2009 02:51 AM (14 years ago)
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GHANA the new giant of africa
Posted: at 17-10-2009 02:51 AM (14 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ksurrina at 17-10-2009 01:24 PM (14 years ago)
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Congratulation Ghana. Stop with the negatives about Nigeria it come across as being ungrateful. Good to see that Brazil can be beaten.

Posted: at 17-10-2009 01:24 PM (14 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- shine1177 at 17-10-2009 03:14 PM (14 years ago)
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good result up africa!

Posted: at 17-10-2009 03:14 PM (14 years ago) | Upcoming
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- duchkan at 17-10-2009 03:58 PM (14 years ago)
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NIGERIAN PLAYERS CAME TO EGYPT TO RUN AFTER EGYPTIAN GIRLS WHY GHANIANS CAME TO TAKE THE TROPHY HOME. WHAT A SHAME TO THOSE YOUNG MEN WHO CAN NOT EVEN DEFEAT VENUZUELA.

Posted: at 17-10-2009 03:58 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
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- SiraBari at 17-10-2009 05:02 PM (14 years ago)
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Woe unto 9ja players.
up Ghana!
Hw i wish to be a Ghanian
Posted: at 17-10-2009 05:02 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
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- prinze_abdel at 17-10-2009 06:46 PM (14 years ago)
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see zeal, determination and patrotism with 10 man Ghanaian team, were it the naija guys, i bet my life, Brazil lad would have humbled them before d end of 90 mins. kudos Ghana
Posted: at 17-10-2009 06:46 PM (14 years ago) | Upcoming
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- bluestone at 17-10-2009 09:53 PM (14 years ago)
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That is a team well selected. God father no dey there.
Posted: at 17-10-2009 09:53 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
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- bishop77 at 18-10-2009 10:41 AM (14 years ago)
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Joy to the world, a new giant of Africa has arrived. In Electricity, Academics, Politics, and now in Football !
Posted: at 18-10-2009 10:41 AM (14 years ago) | Newbie
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- bishop77 at 18-10-2009 10:41 AM (14 years ago)
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Joy to the world, a new giant of Africa has arrived. In Electricity, Academics, Politics, and now in Football !
Posted: at 18-10-2009 10:41 AM (14 years ago) | Newbie
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- Lammaheart at 18-10-2009 04:37 PM (14 years ago)
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Well we didn't really do much dis time but you guys shuldn't xpect much from that team even SIASIA himself confirm it. But look at from another angle that Nigerians too have also broken records thats Ghana are still trying to get!!!! Up Ghana...
Posted: at 18-10-2009 04:37 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
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- Ramadan24 at 19-10-2009 11:18 AM (14 years ago)
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Up Ghana
Posted: at 19-10-2009 11:18 AM (14 years ago) | Upcoming
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- olame4 at 19-10-2009 11:26 AM (14 years ago)
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ghana 4 life
Posted: at 19-10-2009 11:26 AM (14 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Ramadan24 at 19-10-2009 11:36 AM (14 years ago)
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Love Africa Football
Posted: at 19-10-2009 11:36 AM (14 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Seunsco at 19-10-2009 04:03 PM (14 years ago)
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kudos to Ghana. Nigerians should learn from them
Posted: at 19-10-2009 04:03 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
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- joy4anney at 19-10-2009 08:04 PM (14 years ago)
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abeg, ghana, carry go jo cos u guys are the new giant of africa, for the very first time the trophy is coming to africa and you guys delivered it to africans, shame on nigerian goverment who made the country unbearable for the boyz to perform very well.
Posted: at 19-10-2009 08:04 PM (14 years ago) | Newbie
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