- Ukraine outclass Panama
- Ecuador prevail in South American derby
- Senegal knock out African rivals Nigeria
THE DAY REPLAYED – There are three more names on the list of quarter-finalists at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019, with Ukraine, Ecuador and Senegal all winning their Round of 16 ties on Monday.
The Ukrainians made short work of surprise performers Panama, whose plan of sitting deep and keeping it tight at the back was undone when they conceded three first-half goals. Though the Central Americans tried to launch a comeback, the European side, who continue to impress with their cohesion and teamwork, were in no mood to be charitable. Ukraine’s opponents in the quarter-finals are Colombia.
The day’s other match-ups were both continental derbies. Having scraped through to the knockout phase, Ecuador edged an exciting and hard-fought contest against Uruguay, thanks in part to two penalties won and converted. The reigning South American champions, La Tricolor proved ruthlessly efficient from the spot and will now meet either France or USA in the last eight.
In the evening’s all-African meeting, Nigeria paid for their first-half profligacy in front of goal against Senegal and ended up chasing the game in vain in the second half. The Young Lions of Teranga will now take on the winners of the Asian derby between Japan and Korea Republic.
Goal of the day
Goal: 1-2 Sergio Quintero (75')
La Tricolor adjust their sights: Ecuador did not have much luck from the penalty spot in the group phase, with Jordan Rezabala missing against Japan and Leonardo Campana doing likewise against Italy. Unfortunately for Uruguay, Alexander Alvarado and Gonzalo Plata were not so wasteful as La Tri won the battle of the South Americans.
Campana still contributing: We had the opportunity to meet the family of Ecuador’s Leonardo Campana at his side’s group match against Mexico. The 12 members of the clan were cheering him on again in Lublin on Monday. The top scorer in the South American qualifiers has yet to score at Poland 2019 but put in an excellent performance all the same, making run after run and always showing for the ball.
Race for silver: While Norway’s Erling Haland is probably out of reach at the top of the scoring charts with his nine goals, Danylo Sikan and Amadou Sagna are battling it out for the adidas Silver Boot. The Ukrainian struck twice on Monday to take his tournament tally to three, putting him just one behind the Senegal player, who hit a hat-trick in his side’s opening match and scored the opener against Nigeria on Monday.
“This team plays with a lot of heart and technique. When you put those two qualities together, which on their own are not enough, you get a very strong side. That’s the spirit of Ecuador."
Ecuador coach Jorge Celico
“We’re playing really well, even if we don’t really have a star performer. We don’t have any intention of changing our preparations for the quarter-finals. I was really impressed by New Zealand but Colombia beat them all the same, which says a lot about how good they are.” Ukraine coach Oleksandr Petrakov
Tuesday 5 June, all times local