Ghana 0 – 0 Brazil
Penalty shoot-out: [4 - 3]
Hungary 1 – 1 Costa Rica
Penalty shoot-out: [2 - 0]
CAIRO-Ghana struck a blow for African pride, defeating Brazil in a penalty shootout last night at the FIFA U-20 World Cup final in Cairo.
After previously losing in the final to Brazil (in 1993) and to Argentina (2001), Ghana finally came good, to become the first African team to win the FIFA U-20 World Cup since the inaugural competition in 1977.
The two teams battled to a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of extra time, before Ghana won 4-3 in the shootout.
Ghana’s Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu scored the winning penalty to make it 4-3 after Brazil’s Maicon missed a chance to win it at 3-2.
Ghana was reduced to 10 men when defender Eric Addo was controversially shown a red card in the 37th minute when he was judged to be the last man back as he hauled down Brazil’s Alex Teixeira.
Ghana is the first non-South American country to win the tournament. Spain, in 1999, was the last nation outside of South America to claim the championship Argentina and Brazil combined to win the four previous tournaments.
Hungary wins bronze
Seeming dead and buried, Hungary pulled off a minor miracle to win the bronze medal earlier in the day in Cairo.
Down a goal late in the third-place game, Hungary scored in injury time to level the score and then beat Costa Rica 2-0 in the shootout.