Colombia have moved to the top of Group C and taken a major step towards the last-16 of the FIFA U-20 World Cup by beating Turkey 1-0 at Rize's Yeni Sehir Stadium. Juan Quintero was the South American champions’ match-winner, capping an outstanding individual performance with a superb and thoroughly deserved winning goal.
Roared on by a passionate home crowd, Turkey had began the game positively and captain Ethem Pulgir went close with a ninth-minute header that flashed just over the crossbar. However, having weathered an early storm, Colombia began creating opportunities of their own, with Turkish goalkeeper Aykut Ozer called upon to make an excellent double save from Jherson Vergara.
Los Cafateros, in fact, enjoyed marginally the better of the first half, although the hosts emerged for the second period evidently determined to regain the initiative. Within a couple of minutes of the re-start, their early pressure almost yielded a goal when Hakan Calhanoglu sent in a dipping, swerving direct free-kick from 30 yards that Christian Bonilla did well to fist to safety.
Colombia remained dangerous on the break, though, and five minutes later they moved in front with one of the goals of the tournament. Quintero twisted and turned on the edge of the box, worked himself a yard of space and, with his favoured left foot, smashed a magnificent shot into the roof of the net from 20 yards.
Turkey looked for a response, attempting to rouse their silenced supporters, but it was Colombia who came closest to adding to the scoring. Again, it was Quintero who was the South Americans’ danger man, with the lively No10 beating the goalkeeper with another left-foot shot only to see it cleared off the line by Ilkay Durmus.