Mali’s U-20 team beat Argentina on penalties

Mali beat Argentina 5-4 in penalty shootout to qualify for the quarterfinals of the U-20 FIFA World Cup in Poland.

Twice, the Malians came from behind to level scores with the Argentines. Argentina had led in the in the 49th minute with a goal by Adolfo Gaich,

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But Abdoulaye Diaby  equalized for Mali in the 67th minute to force an extra-time.


The Argentines led again  in the first minute of extra time, with Diaby’s deflection giving them a goal.

The hard fighting Malians  equalized in the last minute, thus  triggering a penalty shoot out.

The Malian keeper saved the second  Argentine spot kick , but the Malians scored all, thus edging out Argentina.

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The Malians join Senegal, another West African team in the tournament. Senegal’s Young Teranga  Lions beat Nigeria’s Flying Eagles 2-1 on Monday in the Round of 16.

Other quarter finalists are United States, who beat France 3-2 ; South Korea who beat Japan 1-0.

On Monday, Ukraine and Ecuador also qualified for the quarter-finals, while Italy and  Colombia qualified on Sunday.

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