FIFA U-20 World Cup
3rd / 4th Place Playoff:
Hungary v Costa Rica 16:45 SS3
Ghana vs Brazil 19:45 SS3
CAIRO - Ghana will have revenge in mind when they confront four-time champions Brazil in the final of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009 at the Cairo International Stadium on Friday.
Sellas Tetteh’s side booked their place in the tournament decider with an enterprising 3-2 semi-final victory over a dogged Hungary team and will now look to avenge Ghana’s 2-1 defeat to Brazil in the 1993 competition in Sydney.
Abeiku Quansah’s spectacular late strike killed off the Hungarian fightback after Dominic Adiyiah had netted his seventh and eighth goals of the competition, and Tetteh says his side are coming into form at the right time.
“What matters isn’t just that we’re in the final, but that we got there thanks to a great victory,” he said.
“We’re not surprised by our performance because we played really well in the qualifying competition in Rwanda and we’ve had continuity and consistency here. It doesn’t matter who we meet next. We’re 90 minutes away from lifting the trophy.”
Brazil triumphed in their semi-final by a similarly slender margin, overcoming Costa Rica 1-0 via a 67th-minute volley from centre-forward Alan Kardec.
Rogerio Lourenco’s charges will now seek to capture the trophy for the first time since their 2003 triumph in the United Arab Emirates.
“Above all, I’m delighted that the players have achieved our goal of reaching the final,” Lourenco said. “They must be congratulated, as getting through six matches in a row is no easy feat.
I know we didn’t play well, but what mattered was reaching the final, nothing else.” Hungary confront Costa Rica in the third-place match earlier, with the Central Americans’ coach Ronald Gomez vowing to go all-out for victory.
“We treat each match in this tournament the same, and that has enabled us to get this far,” he said.
“We will spare no effort to win third place. I will give all I have to win this game. It will be a great feeling to return to our country having won our final match.”