Argentine Lionel Messi converted two
penalties to seal a 2-1 win over Nigeria in the FIFA under-20 World Cup
final on Saturday.
With the win over Nigeria, who reached the final after knocking out
hosts Netherlands in the quarter-finals and Morocco in the semis,
Argentina clinched a fifth under-20 world title.
Argentina, with Messi on the bench, started the tournament with a 1-0
defeat by the U.S. but rallied brilliantly.
In the final, they proved most dangerous in the first half and took the
lead when Messi was fouled in the penalty area 10 minutes before the
After the break Nigeria fought back and scored a deserved equaliser when
Chinedu Ogbuke headed home a cross by Olubayu Adefemi on 53 minutes.
Fifteen minutes from time Monday James tackled Sergio Aguero wildly in
the box and Messi sealed the match, becoming the tournament's top scorer
with six goals.
Defending champions Brazil, beaten in the semis by Argentina, finished
third after a 2-1 win over Morocco in the consolation final.
On Wednesday, in senior competition, world champions Brazil beat
Argentina 4-1 in the Confederations Cup final in Germany.