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Ghana, Brazil tipped to win semis

Ghana, Brazil tipped to win semis

Posted: 13 October 2009 Time: 09:22 am

Today is semifinal time at the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in Egypt and the opening last-four encounter brings together an adventurous Ghana side and their disciplined opponents from Hungary at the Cairo International Stadium.

While many continental fans favour Ghana to meet Brazil in the Final, it is no easy task to pick a favourite from two teams in this semifinal as both teams boast diametrically opposed styles.   African champions Ghana have been seducing Egyptian crowds for the past two weeks with their constant hunger to get forward, and with six-goal top scorer Dominic Adiyiah in their ranks, not to mention Ransford Osei and Andre Ayew, it is easy to understand why.   That approach has made for entertainment at both ends of the pitch, in fact, with Ghana having conceded six goals in five outings.   As for Hungary, their strengths so far have been rigour and discipline, although it would be a mistake to believe that Sandor Egervari's troops are obsessed with the defensive arts.   The coach is set to watch this match from the stands, but once again he will have instructed his players to win possession of the ball as quickly as possible and create chances for talented forward Krisztian Nemeth.   More worryingly, fatigue could yet prove a factor after the Magyars were taken to penalties by the Czech Republic in the Round of 16, winning 4-3 after a 2-2 draw, and contested another 120 minutes before downing Italy 3-2 in the quarterfinals.   They will also be deprived the services of midfield organiser Vladimir Koman.   Sixteen days after their opening match-up in Group E, Brazil and Costa Rica are once again set to lock horns in the second semifinal today.   This time, however, the stakes are much higher, with the winner earning a place in the final while the loser will contest the match for third place.   Although the Seleção strolled to a 5-0 win on 27 September in Port Said, this time they will face Costa Rica at Cairo International Stadium, the scene of two epic Tico victories in the previous knockout rounds.      Brazil were in clinical form in the teams’ group-stage encounter in Port Said, but the 5-0 scoreline somewhat flattered them.   Costa Rica created several goal scoring opportunities but ultimately paid a high price for taking on Brazil toe-to-toe, as well as some wayward finishing.   But Roland Gonzalez’s charges showed their mettle by going on to knock out hosts Egypt and then UAE, with almost the entire crowd against them on both occasions.   Still, even if Los Ticos can correct the mistakes from that opening defeat, it still may not be enough.   The South Americans have shown their ability to come out on top in many different situations, and always seem capable of providing something special when it counts.   All in all, today’s rematch is set to be worlds apart from the pair’s group-stage clash a fortnight ago - what remains to be seen is who will have the final word.

Article by: AN Other

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 11:56 am
ghana go forward and pick the cup;thanks for saving africa.
Anonymous
posted: 12:42 pm
Ghana is the strongest team in africa.nd nw thy wll prve tht thy a the strongest team in the planet. Thy wl win the cup
Anonymous
posted: 01:02 pm
WELL DONE GHANA! U ARE PROOVING TO BE THE GREATEST TEAM IN THE 'WORLD'. NOT JUST AFRICA ALONE.LETS SUPPORT THEM.
Anonymous
posted: 05:12 pm
well done boys...ghana under 20 team re half way through to the finals to face hopefully brazil...although I am Naija4life but I still respect Ghanian football...they re such a delight to watch ..their passing game is next to none in the whole of Africa...Go on boys and make Africa proud once again..with your skills and raw talent...That Adiyah of a guy is really a senior team material for the Black stars....I hope my Naija Team lead by snake head Siasia will take a cue from this Ghanian boys...they the best in the tornament...Once again well done Ghana..I hail thee...
Anonymous
posted: 05:13 pm
ghana wiining 2-0 first half...good stuff...
Anonymous
posted: 05:25 pm
I am thrilled about the performance of the SATELLITES so far. We will spank any team we meet in the final and make GH and the rest of AFRICA proud.
Anonymous
posted: 06:18 pm
ghana hanging on inside injury time.
Go on guys to win for africa.
THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
Anonymous
posted: 06:37 pm
ghana hanging on inside injury time.
Go on guys to win for africa.
THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
Anonymous
posted: 08:01 pm
Ghana is playing buisness football:) and this makes me happy and please somebody should tell that captain to be discipline when his coach gives him order because that way he made his head after removing him out from field against Hungary is not a good thing to show off.

He should try to carry his big head down a bit untill he gets the beautiful trophy then he can swell up as he want. That cup is important for we africans because as for me all africans are one nomatter we you are.

Peace
Anonymous
posted: 08:20 pm
As fellown African frm Namibia i go for Ghana 2 win .. if i am not mistakin they r th defenctin champions?
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