Ghana edge Chile in U-20 thriller
ISTANBUL - Ghana have qualified for the semi-finals of the Under-20 World Cup after an Ebenezer Assifuah goal in the dying stages of extra time sealed a 4-3 win over Chile.
Scores were locked 2-2 at full-time, but Angelo Henriquez gave Chile a 3-2 advantage in the eighth minute of extra time. Ghana showed no signs of relenting and Seide Salifu equalised in the 113th minute to seemingly send the game to penalties.
But the match took another twist as Assifuah's header completed an unlikely comeback.
Ghana, the only African nation to win the tournament, in 2009, will face France in the next stage.
In Sunday's other match, Iraq conceded the lead three times to draw 3-3 with South Korea on Sunday before winning the penalty shootout to continue its impressive run
Striker Farhan Shakor, who scored twice in regulation, converted the decisive penalty after Lee Chang-geun's spot kick was saved by goalkeeper Mohammed Hameed.
Iraq, which beat Paraguay 1-0 through Shakor's goal in extra time in the previous round, will play Uruguay for a place in the final.
After the match ended 2-2, Farhan looked to have sent Iraq through with his goal in the 118th minute, only for Jung Hyun-cheol to equalize for South Korea with the last kick of the match.
Two minutes after coming on, Jung's 25-meter strike was deflected by the defense to give Hameed no chance.
South Korea, which missed injured top-scorer Ryu Seung-woo, beat Colombia in a shootout in the previous round. It also defeated Iraq on penalties during the final of this year's Asian Under-19 Championship.
Playing without suspended key striker Mohanad Abdulraheem, Iraq took the lead in the 21st minute from a penalty by Ali Faez after Kim Hy-un fouled Ali Adnan in the area. Five minutes later, Kwon Chang-hoon headed the ball into the net from a far throw-in by South Korea left back Sim Sang-min.
Three minutes before halftime, Shakor made it 2-1 with his first off a rebound after goalkeeper Lee Chang-geun saved a shot by Ali Qasim. In the 50th, Iraq leveled again as loose defending by Iraq allowed Lee Gwang-hun, who replaced Kim at halftime, to score with a header at the near post.