Two teams from Africa and two from South America will face off in Wednesday's semi-finals of the FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina - with an Africa-South America final already assured.

The home team continue to look the favourites after having disposed of France, 3-1, in a direct confrontation between two of the most fancied teams before the start of the three-week long competitions. Young superstar Javier Saviola weighed in with another three goals to propel him to a clear lead in the goalscorer list, with eight strikes.

The Argentinians will have to deal with neighbouring Paraguay, who had not always convinced in their group matches but have picked up speed since then, and their single goal defeat of the Czech Republic came despite being down to ten men for most of the game after an early red card.

The real sensation, however, came from Africa. First Egypt, who had been virtually written off from the Championship when they had lost 1-7 to Argentina in the group stage ten days ago, showed their true worth by overcoming a first-half deficit to beat Holland 2-1 in Mendoza.

But the most dramatic of Sunday's quarter-finals was in Rosario, with the latest re-enactment of what has become the youth football classic between Brazil and Ghana. Brazil led at half-time but Ghana deservedly equalised late in the second half, before Mensah headed a Golden Goal winner early in extra time.

Sunday's results mean that there will be no team from Europe in the final four, with Holland, France and the Czech Republic all biting the dust in a continent where, apart from the 1987 World Youth Championship won by an exceptional Yugoslav team against West Germany, teams from the Old Continent have traditionally struggled to impose themselves.