Chile struck twice in the final ten minutes tobeat Croatia 2-0 and set up a FIFA U-20 World Cup quarter-final meeting with Ghana. Nicolas Castillo scored 81 minutes gone in the round of 16 match in Bursa before a Jozo Simunovic own goal sealed the European side's fate.
The early action was concentrated in midfield, but Croatia had an early sight of goal when Ante Rebic's corner eluded all but Simunovic at the back-post, but the big defender's control let him down – much to the relief of Dario Melo.
Castillo got his first effort on goal, giving Niko Datkovic the slip and firing in from the edge of the Croatian box, but it was a wayward effort. That seemed to spark the Europeans into life as neat skill from Ante Rebic opened up space for him to test Melo. The Chilean stopper had to be on his toes moments later too, diving bravely at the feet of Marko Livaja after he had skipped into the area.
With the game opening up, Cuevas spurned a fine chance for the first goal. Datkovic lunged to intercept a pass but it evaded him and ran to the Chelsea-bound midfielder. However, with just him and Castillo bearing down on Oliver Zelenika, he chose to pass first-time and got it all wrong.
Both sides re-emerged from the break with more ideas and intent, with first Livaja, then Angelo Henriquez and Cuevas all trying from range. Rebic continued the spell of action by creating a great opportunity for himself, charging down the left before opening up to shoot across the box, but Cesar Fuentes got Chile out of jail.
While Chile were applying pressure, and shading possession, chances were still being created at the other end. Rebic was again integral, working hard to win the ball before cutting it back to Dario Canadija.
Chile did force a save from Zelenika though, when Castillo curled a free-kick around the Croatian wall. He did not have to wait much longer to open the scoring with an unusual effort with less than ten minutes to go. A long ball from Sebastian Martinez found him in the box after a perfectly-timed run, with the striker then lifting a backwards header over the stranded Zelenika.
It was two moments later, with Simunovic turning Christian Bravo's cross into the roof of his own net. Croatia's resistance had crumbled in the space of four minutes and they head for home, while Chile go on to face the Ghanaians.