THE DAY REPLAYED - There were ten goals and countless twists and turns on an amazing day of quarter-final action that had the fans at the Mubarak Stadium in Suez enthralled from start to finish.
At the end of it all Ghana and Hungary had taken their places in the last four of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009. The Africans overcame a brave Korea Republic side in an entertaining five-goal clash, while the Hungarians needed extra-time to see off eight-man Italy in one of the most thrilling encounters of the tournament so far.
With the Black Satellites leading 2-1 and the Asians pressing hard for an equaliser, the Fredrikstad forward decided to take matters into his own hands. Collecting the ball about 30 yards out from goal, Adiyiah set off on a surging run that left three Taeguk Warriors defenders' trailing in his wake before sliding the ball past the advancing Kim Seung-Gyu for a truly magnificent goal.
Fair play the name of the game: At every tournament it organises FIFA promotes the message that football is a sport first and foremost and should always be played in the best possible spirit. Egypt 2009 is no exception, with world football's governing body choosing Friday and Saturday to organise its Fair Play Days.
Before each of the four quarter-finals, the two sides parade beneath a banner bearing the legend My Game is Fair Play, with the captains then taking turns to read out a message of hope. Long-standing friends Mattia Mustacchio and Vladimir Koman symbolised that sporting spirit perfectly when they shared a warm embrace before a keenly contested encounter between Italy and Hungary.
A rallying cry: No sooner had Ransford Osei started celebrating the goal that put Ghana into a two-goal lead than Korea Republic captain Koo Ja-Cheol gathered his men together and urged them to lift their game. The skipper's words had an immediate effect. Within three minutes Park Hee-Seong had pulled a goal back for the battling Asians.
Tension on the touchline: That goal had the Black Satellite bench biting their fingernails in the second half as the Africans struggled to preserve their narrow advantage. An example of the Ghanaian subs' increasingly fraying nerves came in the 67th minute. Leaping up as one when Osei sent a trademark piledriver arrowing towards the top corner, they were quickly back in their seats as Kim Seung Gyu pulled off a magnificent save to somehow keep the Twente striker's thunderous effort out.
A close shave: Though Hungary's resolute defence has been the key to their march to the last four, they have ridden their luck at times. That fortune was apparent just before half-time in their quarter-final showdown with the Italians.
Backpedalling under a long clearance by Italy goalkeeper Vincenzo Fiorillo, the ball was nodded back to Peter Gulacsi in the Hungary goal. The Magyar keeper was well off his line, however, and looked on aghast as the ball sailed over his head and bounced towards the goal. Fortunately for Sandor Egervari's men the wayward header came to rest just a few centimetres from the line.
4 - The number of consecutive matches Hungary captain Vladimir Koman has now scored in at Egypt 2009. The Bari midfielder set his side on the road to victory over Italy when he struck from the penalty spot after only two minutes.
In doing so he became the first European player to enjoy such a scoring streak in the competition and only the sixth in all, behind the Brazilian duo of Geovani and Adailton, Chile's Camilo Pino and the Argentinians Juan Roman Riquelme and Lionel Messi, the latter achieving the feat at Netherlands 2005.
"I think both teams gave their best and it was a delight to watch them. I'dlove to watch this match again and again. I am sorry the Koreans lost, but they lost gracefully. They fought till the end and I love that spirit," humbleman76 (USA).