Brazil, Morocco through to semifinals at World Youth Championship
Defending champion Brazil ousted Germany
2-1 in extra time and Morocco upset Italy in a penalty shootout to reach
the semifinals of the World Youth Championship on Friday.
Morocco tied Italy 2-2 through 120 minutes before goalkeeper Mohammed
Bourkadi stopped two penalties in the shootout. He also saved two during
the game to lead his team to the semifinals for the first time.
In Tilburg, Brazil's standout defender Rafael scored the winner in the
Brazil, seeking its record fifth title, was not impressive on offense
for most of the match but had enough to earn a semifinal berth against
either Spain or Argentina. Morocco will face either the Netherlands or
Even when Germany had the lead, Brazil coach Rene Weber never doubted
``No, I never thought we would go out. I knew we would fight until the
end,'' Weber said. ``I knew something would happen.''
Alexander Huber scored the first goal of the lackluster match in the
68th minute, knocking in a corner kick at the right post for a 1-0
Brazil tied it with eight minutes remaining when Edcarlos hit the
crossbar with a bicycle kick and Diego Tardelli headed in the rebound.
In Utrecht, Morocco dominated the opening phase and scored first in the
26th when forward Nabil el Zhar found a cross at the near post.
Bourkadi then saved his first two penalties from Italian midfielder
Simone Bentivoglio. He dived right and stopped Bentivoglio's first try.
When South Korean referee Kwon Jong-chul ordered it retaken, saying the
goalie came off his line, Bourkadi saved the second attempt with his
``That was the most difficult one,'' Bourkadi said. ``You have to have
Michele Canini tied it for Italy in the 74th minute, sending the game
into extra time.
Morocco went ahead again in the 93rd when Italy defender Francesco
Battaglia accidentally headed in an own goal on a free kick. But
Graziano Pelle tied it in the 113th.
In the shootout, Bourkadi saved penalties from Daniele Galloppa and
Cristian Agnelli, pushing them both away easily to the delight of the