Joy and sorrow captured for posterity
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Football always produces triumphant winners and devastated losers, and the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011 has been no exception. Our photographers have been on hand to capture the most exciting moments and bring them to you in our photo galleries.

The frenzied celebrations from players and coaches after a stunning goal, a hard-fought victory or the decisive save in a penalty shoot-out, make for indelible images.

And for every winner there is a loser, perhaps crumpled to the turf in disbelief, unable to accept their fate. In many cases, defeat means exiting a tournament, bringing a sudden end to a long process of hard work and preparation, and extinguishing cherished hopes of glory in an instant.

Join us on a photographic journey as we relive the most emotion-laden moments of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011. Follow the links on the right to our galleries, and enjoy the best images of the players and teams doing battle in the 44 matches to date at the thrilling finals in Colombia.