With a goal by Luciano Rodríguez in the 39th minute of the second half, the Uruguayan team beat Italy by 1-0, this Sunday (11th), at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and won the first U-20 World Cup title.
This was the third time that Uruguay reached the final of the competition. In 1997, in Malaysia, they lost to Argentina. In 2013, in Türkiye, he was defeated on penalties by France. This time, he got the highest place on the podium in a tight game against the Italians, who were also looking for the unprecedented title.
Uruguay ruled most of the game, looking for the attack at all times. The Italian team managed to close in defense, but did not create any danger to set up a counterattack. Goalkeeper Desplanches was the one who worked the most for Italy.
In the second half the game fell technically. With the bad state of the lawn, both teams missed too many passes and created little. But, when the game went into overtime, Rodríguez found the goal after a hit and hit in the area, guaranteeing the cup for the Uruguayans.
Uruguay’s journey to the final was full of ups and downs. In the group stage, the team qualified in second place, with two wins and one defeat, behind England.
Then he passed Gambia, in the round of 16, and the United States, in the quarterfinals. In the semi-final, they beat Israel 1-0.
Italy had a similar campaign. It also ranked second in its group, behind Brazil. But then he went to England, Colombia and South Korea.
The biggest champion of the tournament is Argentina, with six titles. Brazil, which was eliminated in the quarterfinals by the selection of Israel, comes in second, with five.
This year’s World Cup was to be held in Indonesia, but in March, FIFA announced the country’s withdrawal, claiming that it was not ready to host the competition. In April, the organization confirmed Argentina as the host country. The country had not managed to qualify through the South American Championship and ended up taking the place of Indonesia, but was eliminated in the round of 16 by Nigeria.