Venezuela U-20 1-2 United Arab Emirates U-20: UAE Complete Late Comeback To Earn Quarter Final Berth
The South Americans threw away their one-goal advantage.
The United Arab Emirates Under 20s came from a goal down to beat their Venezuelan counterparts 2-1 in Suez on Wednesday. Jose Rondon gave the South Americans the lead, but Mohamed Ahmed levelled matters before Ahmed Khalil sent the UAE through.
Venezuela started the game full of intent and Jonathan Del Valle forced Yousif Abdulrahman into a good save from close range after he connected with Rondon’s cross in the 10th minute.
It was a warning that went unheeded for the UAE, who went behind two minutes later. Carlos Fernandez spread the ball out to the right wing for Del Valle to cross forRondon to bundle home from close range after Abdulrahman failed to cut out the ball.
The equaliser came somewhat against the run of play as la Vinotinto enjoyed a good spell after the goal, but their defending left a lot to be desired in the 22nd minute. From Amer Abdulrahaman’s free kick, Mohamed Ahmed rose above a static Venezuela defence to head the ball past Rafael Romo into the net.
Both sides had their chances to take the lead before the break, as Rondon firstly hit the post with a fine header before Mohamed Fayez brought a good save from Romo.
The UAE were certainly the team in the ascendancy in the second half, and they should have scored in the 56th minute. Ahmed Ali supplied the ball to Ahmed Khalil, but with the goal gaping the striker could only shoot straight at Romo.
In the 83rd minute, the Al-Ahli youngster finally scored. Ali ran into after Carlos Salazar slipped, and squared the ball for Ahmed Khalil to find the net at the near post.
The South Americans were unable to find the game’s fourth goal, meaning that the UAE qualified for the quarter finals to face Costa Rica.